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Hawks face Harvard Crimson: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Saint Joseph's HawksHarvard Crimson
Dec 31, 4:00 PM | Lavietes Pavilion

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Harvard Crimson Odds


A key college battle sees the visiting Hawks travelling to Harvard Saturday to take on the Crimson on Saturday.

This season, the Crimson are 11-1 overall and 6-2 ATS ATS, while the Hawks are 10-3 and 8-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Harvard boasts a 2-6 on the OU, and Saint Joseph's is 4-5.

View Saint Josephs vs Harvard Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Harvard sat as 6-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Crimson - Hawks odds would favor the Hawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Harvard is rated No. 125 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Saint Joseph's is at No. 69. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-74 win for the Crimson.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Harvard's No. 217-ranked offense, averaging 66.7 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 152 at 65.5 PPG. The Crimson field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, less than the Hawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.5% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Saint Joseph's owns the country's No. 269-rated mark, allowing 76.5 points per game on the highway. Harvard, on the other hand, rates No. 226 in scoring at home.

Saint Joseph's was an 81-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Morgan State. Saint Joseph's cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Morgan State out of the gym and running up an 81-50 score at Hagan Arena.

Harvard won its last outing, a 67-46 result against Boston College on December 29. They covered in that game as a 12-point favorite. The Crimson blew out Boston College on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 67-46 win at Conte Forum.

Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Duquesne are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6
Before playing Fordham are 1-0
After playing Boston College are 3-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Hawks at Crimson trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Harvard is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Saint Joseph's at Duquesne, Wednesday, January 4
Harvard at Fordham, Tuesday, January 3