Ivy foes will battle when the Princeton Tigers (8-8, 1-1 Ivy) square off with the Cornell Big Red (6-8, 0-1 Ivy) at L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, 2018, and it can be seen on ESPN Full Court.
Cornell Big Red at Princeton Tigers Betting Preview
In the Big Red’s last outing, they fell to the Penn Quakers, 69-61. Cornell’s Stone Gettings had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Penn forced the Big Red into a turnover percentage of 20.1 (above their season average of 16.7). Cornell, on the other hand, held the Quakers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.2 (below their season average of 25.5).
The Tigers hope to keep it rolling after beating the Columbia Lions in their last outing, 72-56. Princeton was lifted by Devin Cannady, who was the games leading scorer with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The Tigers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.550, had a ridiculous mark of 0.606, while the Lions had a free throw rate of 0.131 (below the 0.244 mark opponents have averaged against Princeton this season).
The upper-echelon offense of Princeton will square off against the mid-tier defense of Cornell. The Tigers rank 48th in effective field goal percentage (0.553), while the Big Red are 200th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.507). The Tigers figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Furthermore, second chance points could be tough to come by for the Big Red. They rank 288th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 25.0 percent, while the Tigers are 52nd-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 74.9 percent).
Of Cornell’s 7 games that accepted bets, five have finished over the projected point total, while 6 of Princeton’s 12 games have finished over the O/U total. The Tigers have the clear advantage straight up (SU) (8-8 vs. 6-8) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (5-7 vs. 4-3).
Matt Morgan has really been playing well recently for Cornell, averaging 27.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals over the last five games.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Tigers won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Princeton won 75-60. The Tigers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 15.9 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0. For those same stats, the Big Red were 32.4 and 19.0, respectively.
Cornell Big Red vs. Princeton Tigers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cornell, ATS Winner – Cornell, O/U – Over
- The Tigers rank 64th in three pointers attempted per game (25.0) while the Big Red rank 168th in three pointers allowed per game (23.2).
- Princeton ranks 46th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Cornell ranks 96th (3.6).
- Cornell is 3-2 ATS on the road with 4 overs and 1 under.
- Princeton is 1-1 ATS at home with 2 unders and 0 overs.
- Princeton ranks 39th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Cornell ranks 235th (38.9).
- The Tigers rank sixth in assists allowed per game (9.8) while the Big Red rank 145th (13.9).
- Princeton ranks 24th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Cornell ranks 150th (7.4).
- Princeton is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Cornell is 2-1 ATS with 3 overs.
- The Tigers average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 0.4 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Big Red have scored an average of 82.6 points per game (6.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 84.4 points per game (4.5 above their season average).