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#867 Cornell vs.
#868 Harvard
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave

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The Harvard Crimson host the Cornell Big Red Friday in an Ivy League matchup. Harvard 14-7 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League while Cornell is 5-14 overall and 2-4 in the league. This is the first meeting between these two rivals this season. Cornell beat Harvard twice last year. Tipoff is Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Cornell loses to Penn

The Cornell Big Red has endured a difficult season. They are 5-14 overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League. They lost a pretty close game to Penn last Sunday 79-73 at home. Josh Warren led Cornell with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Warren drained 5 three-pointers. Terrance McBride contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jimmy Boeheim added 13 points. Bryan Knapp was the fourth Cornell player in double figures with 12 points along with 4 rebounds.

Cornell averages 67.5 points per game, which ranks 280th in the country. The Big Red shoot 43 percent from the field and 30 percent from three. Also, they average 11 turnovers per game. The Big Red are in fourth place in the conference - 3 games behind first-place Yale and Princeton.

Harvard loses in final second

The Harvard Crimson fell to 14-7 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League after a 72-71 loss at Brown on Saturday. It was a heart breaking loss as Harvard committed a foul on a made basketball with 0.5 seconds left and lost the game when Brown converted the and-one. Losses don't get any worse than that.

Justin Bassey gave Harvard a 71-69 lead with 2.9 seconds left after he grabbed a rebound and scored. On the ensuing possession, Brown's Tamenang Choh drove to the basket, was fouled and made the basket. He converted the three-point play with a half-second left.

Brown made a school-record 28 free throws, making 28 of 32 from the line. Harvard made only 12-of-18. Harvard's Robert Baker finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Noah Kirkwood added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Christian Juzang also had 10 points with 2 three-pointers. Harvard is 3-3 in the Ivy League, 2 games behind Yale and Princeton.

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Full-Game Side Bet

Insiders Status:


Take Harvard here giving up the points. This is a lot of points to give away, but it's just too much of a mismatch to ignore. Just look at the RPI rankings. Harvard is an impressive 90 in the RPI rankings while Cornell is No. 334 -- out of 353 Division 1 schools. Also, Harvard has some impressive wins over the likes of Cal and San Francisco. Plus they are 6-0 at home. Cornell is a putrid 0-11 on the road this year -- and some of those road losses have been blowouts. In addition, the home team is 6-1-1 against the spread in the last 8 meetings between these two.

Prediction: Harvard -13.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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Take the over in this one. Harvard averages about 73 points per game while Cornell averages 67. If they hit their averages, this game will be in the over. The thing is -- Harvard will blow their season average out of the water and win easily against a porous Cornell defense. Harvard is a team that likes to push the pace under coach Tommy Amaker, a former Duke point guard, so I see them being able to run up the score here. The over is 5-0 in the Big Red's last 5 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.



Prediction: Over

Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.