The Brown Bears (13-12, 6-6 Ivy) will attempt to snap the six-game winning streak of Harvard when they travel to Lavietes Pavilion to take on the Crimson (20-7, 9-3 Ivy). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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The Bears lost to the Penn Quakers in their last outing, 73-68. Brown’s Tamenang Choh recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the contest. Penn had a turnover percentage of 12.8 (better than their season average of 16.1). Brown, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (18-20; 90.0 percent).
The last time the Crimson played, they defeated the Cornell Big Red, 67-58. With 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting, Robert Baker was Harvard’s leading scorer. Harvard played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.218) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 (below their season average of 30.4). For those same stats, Cornell was 0.189 and 21.9, respectively.
Harvard figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Crimson rank 85th in effective field goal percentage (0.520), while Brown ranks 189th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.494). Moreover, the Bears are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive backboards, ranking 41st in offensive rebounding percentage (32.9 percent). The Crimson, however, rank 45th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.5 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bears won 72-71. Brown was successful at getting and making free throws. The Bears made 28 of their 32 free throws (87.5 percent), while the Crimson were just 12-18 (66.7 percent). Despite the loss, Baker had a standout performance in the game, putting up 18 points and eight rebounds.
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College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Brown, O/U – Over
Harvard averages 38.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 54th in the nation. Brown ranks 138th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7).
The Crimson’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, down from 6.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 57.6 points per game (9.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (0.4 below their season average).