The Cornell Big Red will look for their best start to a season since 2009-2010 when they take on the Yale Bulldogs in a key Ivy League matchup on Friday. A victory for the Big Red (12-4, 2-1 Ivy) would push their record to 18-3 over their last 21 home games, including 8-1 this season. The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-2), meanwhile, continue to be among the stingiest teams on defense this year. Yale is allowing just 58.3 points per game, best in the Ivy League and ninth-best in the nation.
Tip-off from Newman Arena in Ithaca, New York, is set for 5 p.m. ET. This game is listed as a pick'em according to the latest Yale vs. Cornell odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 145.5. Before making any Cornell vs. Yale picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Yale vs. Cornell and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Yale vs. Cornell:
- Yale vs. Cornell spread: Pick'em
- Yale vs. Cornell over/under: 145.5 points
- YALE: The Bulldogs are 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 road games
- COR: The Big Red are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning straight-up record
- Yale vs. Cornell picks: See picks here
Why Cornell can cover
Junior guard Chris Manon is one of three Big Red players averaging double-digit scoring and is one of eight who average seven or more. Manon has done his work off the bench and in 18.4 minutes per game, averages 10 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals. He is also hitting on 55.4% of his shots from the field. Manon is coming off a 15-point effort against Princeton on Saturday, and has reached double-figure scoring in three of the last four games.
Junior forward Sean Hansen is also a solid option on offense for the Big Red. In 16 games, he is averaging 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists on 54% shooting from the floor, including 40% from 3-point range, and 74.2% from the free-throw line. He has reached double-figure scoring in six games, including in three of the last five. Hansen scored a season-high 26 points in an 80-77 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 14.
Why Yale can cover
Junior forward Matt Knowling leads the way for the Bulldogs. In 13 games, including 12 starts, he is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He has reached double-digit scoring in each of his last three games, including a 17-point and four-rebound effort in an 81-77 loss at Dartmouth on Jan. 6. He has scored in double figures in 11 games, including 20 or more points four times. His best performance was a 26-point, six-rebound effort in a 74-60 win over Eastern Washington at the Rainbow Classic on Nov. 11.
Senior forward E.J. Jarvis is coming off a number of solid performances, including an 18-point, eight-rebound effort against Harvard. He registered his first double-double of the season at Monmouth on Dec. 22. In that game, he scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. For the year, Jarvis averages 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
How to make Yale vs. Cornell picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 147 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 60% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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