The Harvard Crimson (14-7, 3-3 Ivy) welcome the Cornell Big Red (5-14, 2-4 Ivy) to Lavietes Pavilion. The Big Red will try to put an end to an 11-game road losing streak. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14, 2020.
Cornell Big Red vs. Harvard Crimson Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Crimson lost a winnable game to the Brown Bears, 72-71, while the Big Red were beaten by the Penn Quakers, 79-73.
Cornell held Penn to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 24.3) while Harvard held Brown to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below their season average of 34.8). Harvard’s Robert Baker played well, contributing 18 points and eight rebounds. Cornell, meanwhile, was led by Josh Warren, who put up 23 points and seven rebounds.
The Big Red dominated this series last year, securing victories in both games. In the last matchup, Cornell won 72-59. One of Cornell’s biggest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 25 free throw attempts, while Harvard had 15. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
The elite offense of Harvard (74th in the country with an effective field goal percentage 0.524) will clash against the mid-tier defense of Cornell (246th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.506). The Crimson should have the edge on that side of the ball.
Cornell at Harvard ATS Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Cornell, O/U – Under
- Harvard ranks 17th in blocks per game (5.2) while Cornell ranks 156th (2.7).
- The Big Red rank 92nd in steals per game (6.9) while the Crimson rank 145th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
- The Big Red rank 45th in assists per game (14.9) while the Crimson rank 184th (12.3).
- Harvard ranks 86th in rebounds per game (37.2) while Cornell ranks 168th in rebounds allowed per game (35.5).
- During their last five games, the Big Red have scored an average of 56.0 points per game (5.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.2 points per game (2.5 below their season average).
- The Crimson have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. For the season, Harvard has defeated opponents by an average of 6.3 points.