It will be a meeting between two stifling defenses when the Cornell Big Red (5-16, 2-6 Ivy) challenge the Yale Bulldogs (18-6, 6-2 Ivy) at Newman Arena at Bartels Hall. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Yale Bulldogs vs. Cornell Big Red ATS Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last game. The Big Red lost big to the Dartmouth Big Green, 75-53, while the Bulldogs were beaten by the Penn Quakers, 69-61.
Yale had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 25.9) while Cornell had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 15.6). Terrance McBride fueled Cornell with 17 points. Yale, meanwhile, received a boost from Paul Atkinson, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
In their first matchup this season, Atkinson led the Bulldogs to an 86-71 win. He notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Yale won the rebounding battle. The Bulldogs had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. 4), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 17) and total rebounds (37 vs. 21).
Cornell may have trouble getting to the foul line in this contest. The Big Red currently rank 316th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.186, while Yale ranks 57th in FTA rate allowed (0.186). Furthermore, the Bulldogs’ 46th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 109.4) will clash against the Big Red’s 309th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 105.7).
Yale Bulldogs at Cornell Big Red Free Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Cornell, ATS Winner – Cornell, O/U – Under
- Yale ranks 31st in rebounds per game (39.1) while Cornell ranks 230th (33.4).
- The Big Red average 6.7 steals per game, which ranks 110th in the nation. The Bulldogs rank 158th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
- Yale averages 3.4 blocks per game, which is ranked 98th in the country. Cornell ranks 146th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
- The Bulldogs average 16.3 assists per game, which ranks 15th in the NCAA. The Big Red rank 186th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
- Cornell averages 23.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 89th in the NCAA. Yale ranks 226th in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
- The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.6, down from 13.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Big Red have scored an average of 52.4 points per game (8.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.2 points per game (4.0 below their season average).