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Ivy foes will collide when the Brown Bears (7-7, 0-1 Ivy) meet the Yale Bulldogs (8-9, 1-0 Ivy) at Paul Bailey Pizzitola Sports Center. Yale opened as a 1.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 152 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Yale Bulldogs vs. Brown Bears Betting Preview

These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to score 150 points, just under the projected point total of 155. The Bulldogs won 78-72, but were unable to cover as 9-point favorites. The Bulldogs 37.5 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Bears, who had a mark of 22.9. Phills was the games leading scorer with 23 points.

Contrasting tempos will be on display in this contest. Brown prefers to play fast (40th in possessions per game), while Yale likes to grind-it-out (181st in possessions per game). Moreover, the Bulldogs 48th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.553) will face off against the Bears 261st-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.523).

Of Yale’s 9 games with betting action, six have finished under the O/U total, while 3 of Brown’s 6 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have mediocre straight up (SU) records (8-9 for Yale; 7-7 for Brown), but the Bears have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Brown is 4-2 ATS, while the Bulldogs are 2-7.

Yale Bulldogs vs. Brown Bears ATS Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Yale, ATS Winner – Yale, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

    The Bears average 6.4 steals per game, which ranks 104th in the NCAA. The Bulldogs rank 149th in steals allowed per game (7.2).

    Brown is 1-0 ATS at home, while Yale is 2-5 ATS on the road.

    Of the Bulldogs 7 road games, they have 4 unders and 3 overs.

    All 1 of the Bears home games have gone over.

    Yale ranks eighth in assists per game (18.4) while Brown ranks 163rd (13.1).

    The Bulldogs rank 42nd in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Bears rank 148th (4.4).

    Yale ranks 39th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Brown ranks 93rd (20.8).

Betting Trends:

    Brown is 2-1 ATS with 2 overs and 1 under in their last five games.

    Over their last five games, Yale is 0-4 ATS with 4 unders.

    The Bears average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, up from 1.0 for the season.

    During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.6 points per game (2.7 above their season average).