Cornell Big Red (6-7 SU 4-3 ATS) at Pennsylvania Quakers (10-5 SU 4-6 ATS)
NCAAB: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET
LINE: Penn -10.5 TOTAL: 151.5
Cornell snapped their two-game losing streak in their last game beating up on a Division II team and this is their first Ivy League game of the season. The Big Red can put points on the board, but they are under .500 mainly because of their defense, which only ranks 329th in the nation giving up an average of 80.7 ppg.
Penn is coming off a big win over rival Princeton in their Ivy League opener in their last game and they have won five of their last six games. They are a balanced team that is averaging nearly 80 ppg and in the five wins in their last six games, they have not allowed an opponent to score over 70 points while in the one loss they gave up 85 points.
Penn is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games facing Cornell.
Big first half gets it done
In their last game, Cornell was at home and they beat D2 Central Penn 93-69 where they got it done in the first half jumping out to a 45-28 lead. While the Big Red had more turnovers (16-13) and they only had six offensive boards while Central Penn had 16 they shot 50.8% from the floor and 44.8% from beyond the 3-pt arc and Central Penn only shot 31.5% and 29.2% from deep. Matt Morgan led Cornell with 21 points Stone Gettings and Jack Gordon each had 15 points. Morgan (24.9 ppg) and Gettings (15.8 ppg) are the only two players for the Big Red that are averaging in double figures on the season and they are the key guys that Penn has to worry about. Morgan had gone for at least 25 points in five straight games before scoring 21 in the win over Central Penn. This season Cornell is 2-6 on the road.
Solid start to conference season
Penn was at home in their last game and they got off to a good Ivy League start with their 76-70 win over Princeton, who are the defending conference champions. The teams shot a similar 3-pt FG% and one turnover and offensive rebounds separated them, but the Quakers shot 51.9% from the floor and outscored Princeton, who shot 45.5%, by nine points in the first half. Ryan Betley led Penn with 21 points, AJ Brodeur had 12 points and eight rebounds, and every starter for the team scored in double figures. Betley leads three players for the Quakers that are averaging in double figures at 15.2 ppg and the top two scorers for the team are also each averaging over five boards per game. Betley has gone for at least 20 points in each of his last two games. This season Penn is 4-2 at home.
The Cornell Big Red are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
- 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game
The Pennsylvania Quakers are:
Last season Penn beat Cornell twice including beating them by 19 points at home. Look for that to happen again in this game, as the Big Red defense will not come up big while the Quakers will get it done on both ends of the floor. Penn will win this game and cover to move to 20 in Ivy League play and hand Cornell their 3rd loss in their last four games.