Planning on watching today’s Bears and Big Red game? Catch the action at Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY, as the Big Red hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Ivy League conference contest is set at 152.5 points, with Cornell being favored by -12.5 at home against Brown.

BROWN BEARS VS CORNELL BIG RED BETTING PICK

The Pick: Brown Bears +12.5

This game will be played at Newman Arena at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE BROWN BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Big Red.
  • Even though we have Cornell winning straight-up, we like Brown at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Are the Bears Ready for a Win at Ithaca?

Heading into tonight’s game, Brown is 8-17 overall and 4-6 in Ivy League play. They have won two straight games and are 4-12 this season as the underdog. On the road, the Bears are 5-10, and their average scoring margin is -4.5.

In their last game, Brown defeated Columbia, 66-64. Over their last ten road games, the Bears are 4-6, and over their last five, they are 3-2. So far, they have been the underdog in 16 of their 25 games.

As the underdog, Brown has a solid 10-6 record vs. the spread this season. They have been even better in their last 10 games as the underdog, going 6-4. On the road, the Bears have gone 9-6 vs. the spread this year and are 3-0 in their last three road games ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Brown’s games this season (142.1). So far, 21 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-3.

In their most recent game, the Brown offense concluded with only 66 points against Columbia. Throughout the game, they made 11/27 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 41.5%. The team’s top scorer is Kino Lilly Jr., who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.9, while Nana Owusu-Anane also carries a PPG average of 15 into the game.

In terms of defense, Brown is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Columbia, the Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 47% and a total of 64 points vs. Brown.

Will Cornell Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

In its last game, Cornell defeated Yale by a score of 65-62. The Big Red have won three straight games and have an overall record of 20-4. They are a perfect 9-0 at home this season and have gone 10-0 in their last 10 games at home.

As the favorite, Cornell is a perfect 16-0 this season. For the year, the Big Red have gone 9-1 in Ivy League play and 11-3 in non-conference action. They are 9-4 on the road compared to their +11.6 average scoring margin at home.

When looking at Cornell’s ATS record this season, they are currently 11-10-1. At home, their ATS mark is 6-2-1 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in Cornell games is 13-9. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 155 points. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (156.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points and their over/under record in their last three games is 1-2.

In their latest game, Cornell offense put up 65 points against Yale. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 38.5% and made 5 threes. The team’s top scorer is Chris Manon, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 12.7, while Nazir Williams also maintains a PPG average of 11.3 leading up to the game.

At present, the Big Red’s defense is nationally ranked 218th, allowing 73.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Yale, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 62 points vs. Cornell.