Princeton Tigers at Harvard Crimson
Spread: HAR -10.5
Tip off: 7 PM EST
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Harvard is 23-3 this season and they have shocked most of the NCAA. They’ve been led by a deep team that features nine players who see 12.6 minutes per game or more, and they have only three scorers averaging double figures (Kyle Casey, 10.7; Keith Wright, 10.7; Laurent Rivard, 10.3).
Casey a 6’7″ junior forward, is also averaging 5.6 rebounds per contest. He has posted over 20 three times this season, and is averaging about his average (10.3 per game) in the three Crimson losses this season. His season high he shot 10 of 16 from the floor en route to 26 points and 10 rebounds against Saint Joseph’s.
The Crimson lost to Princeton on February 11th, but had not lot prior to that contest since January 3rd against Fordham. The loss to Princeton was their first in Ivy League play, and they now have a 8-1 Ivy league record.
Harvard Betting Trends:
Harvard is 11-1 SU in their last 12 games and the total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5. The Crimson are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home and the total has gone UNDER In 5 of their last 6 at home. They are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 at Princeton and 1-7 SU in their last 8 against the Tigers. The Crimson are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games at home against Princeton and the total has gone OVER in 5 of the Crimson’s last 7 games at home against Harvard.
Princeton is 15-10, but as I said, they handed Harvard their only Ivy League loss so far. The Tigers notched a victory in a triple over time thriller over FSU on December 30th, a game in which Ian Hummer went for 25 points and 15 rebounds and Douglas Davis contributed 25 as well.
Hummer, a 6’7″ junior, is having his finest season as a Tiger, putting up 16.5 points per game and 7.5 boards per contest, not to mention 3.1 assists. His field goal percentage is down from his 55.8% last season to just under 50%, but he’s seeing 32 minutes a game this year, and also blocking 1.1 shots per game and recording 1.1 steals per game. It remains to be seen if he has a future in the NBA, because few Ivy leaguers do, but Linsanity has given many Ivy league players bigger dreams now.
The aforementioned Davis is averaging 13.3 points per game in 33 minutes a night in his own right. He is the only other Tiger averaging double figures outside of Hummer. Save an 0 for 5 night from behind the arc in a loss to Yale, Davis has hit a three in every single Princeton game and he has it 5 or more threes in 5 games, as well.
Princeton Betting Trends:
Princeton is 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 road games against Harvard. They are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games on the road against Harvard and the total has gone OVER in 5 of the last 7 games on the road against Harvard.
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