NCAA hoops odds preview - Yale vs. Harvard
Yale Bulldogs vs Harvard Crimson Odds
The Harvard Crimson will try to cover the spread at Lavietes Pavilion on Friday when they get a visit from the Yale Bulldogs in NCAA basketball action.
The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Crimson are 8-5-1 ATS. Yale is 5-1 on the totals; Harvard is 8-5.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Harvard sat as 13-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crimson rated this week at No. 180 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 132. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 72-66 result in favor of the Crimson.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Harvard's No. 114 nationally ranked offense (69.9 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 194 at 66.9 PPG. The Crimson have been averaging 47.8% from the field, more than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (41.2% on average).
Defensively, Yale features the nation's No. 150-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.7 points per game. Harvard, meanwhile, comes in at No. 68 nationally in scoring at home.
Yale won its last outing, a 76-64 result against Brown on January 26. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Yale got 18 points from Justin Sears en route to a 76-64 victory over Brown on Saturday at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Last time out for Harvard, they were an 82-77 winner as they battled Dartmouth at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 15.5-point favorite. Harvard earned an 82-77 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday, getting 21 points from Siyani Chambers at Lavietes Pavilion.
Yale Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Dartmouth are 4-6
After playing Brown are 6-4
After a win are 2-8
Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Brown are 6-4
After playing Dartmouth are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Bulldogs at Crimson trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Yale's last 6 games when playing on the road against Harvard
Yale is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Harvard is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Yale
Harvard is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Harvard is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Yale at Dartmouth, Saturday, February 2
Harvard home to Brown, Saturday, February 2