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#861 Dartmouth -1.5 vs.
#862 Cornell 125
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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A pair of teams tied for sixth place in the Ivy League will do battle when Dartmouth travels to Cornell on Friday night. Dartmouth is 10-15 and had its three-game losing skid snapped in a loss to Princeton last Saturday. Cornell brings a 6-17 record into Friday’s game, but is coming off a win against Brown.

Big Green had winning streak snapped

Dartmouth had its three-game winning streak snapped in a loss to Princeton on Saturday. The Big Green were coming off consecutive wins against Columbia, Cornell and Penn heading into that game. Their win against Cornell came in blowout fashion, as Dartmouth jumped out to a 44-25 lead and went on to win 75-53. They nearly built their winning streak to four games last Saturday. Despite trailing 33-24 at halftime, Dartmouth stormed back to make the game close. In the end, it was Princeton who held on for the 65-62 road win.

Junior forward Chris Knight leads Dartmouth with 14.3 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. Junior wing Aaryn Rai is the only other player in double figures, scoring 11.0 points per contest. He is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.4 boards per game. Senior guard James Foye is adding 9.7 points per game. He is the top distributor on the team, dishing out 2.1 assists per contest. Foye is also the best outside shooter, knocking down 51 of 118 attempts from beyond the arc.

Cornell coming off win

Cornell snapped a four-game losing skid with its win against Brown last weekend. The Big Red had dropped consecutive games to Penn, Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale. They finally got out of the losing funk, leaving no doubt in their 63-45 victory over Brown. Cornell used a 13-0 run to build a 34-25 lead in the first half. The Big Red were extremely efficient from beyond the arc in the win, making 6 of 9 attempts from long range. They were out-rebounded 16-4 on the offensive glass, but Brown’s 25.9 percent shooting clip held them at bay.

Junior forward Jimmy Boeheim is scoring 17.3 points per game and is grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game to lead Cornell. Boeheim, the son of legendary basketball coach Jim Boeheim, has made a team-high 30 3-pointers this season. Junior guard Terrance McBride is the only other player in double figures, scoring 11.9 points per game. He is the team’s leading distributor, dishing out 3.2 assists per contest. Senior forward Josh Warren is adding 9.0 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per outing.

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Cornell has been a completely different team at home than it is on the road. The Big Red are 6-2 ATS in their eight home games, but are just 4-9 ATS away from their friendly confines. Dartmouth has only covered the number five times in its last 18 games against Cornell and is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games overall. This is also a revenge spot for the Big Red at home, so I expect them to come out focused from the opening tip. They should be able to build on their win against Brown.

Prediction: Cornell -1

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These teams both love to slow the pace of the game down. Dartmouth is No. 299 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings, while Cornell is No. 331. Neither team is good on the offensive end of the court, while the Big Green are solid on defense. The total has gone under in four of their last five games this season. Six of the last 10 head-to-head meetings have gone under the number, which is what I am expecting on Friday night.

Prediction: Under 125

Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.