Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Big Red versus the Bears? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence, RI. The Big Red are favored in this Ivy League conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 158 points.

CORNELL BIG RED VS BROWN BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Brown Bears +5.5

This game will be played at Pizzitola Sports Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE BROWN BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Bears.
  • Not only will Brown pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 158 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Do the Big Red Have What it Takes in Providence?

So far this season, Cornell has been perfect as the favorite, going 10-0. They have also been solid on the road, going 6-3. In their last game, the Big Red defeated Penn by a score of 77-60.

Through 15 games, Cornell has an overall record of 12-3 and a two-game win streak. In Ivy League play, they are 2-0 compared to their non-conference record of 10-3.

When looking at Cornell’s ATS record this season, they are currently 7-7. In games where they have been favored, their record vs. the spread is 6-4. On the road, the Big Red are just 3-6 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Cornell has gone 6-4 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cornell games is 9-5 and their matchups have averaged 159.1 points per game. Today’s over/under line of 158 is very close to their season average OU line of 157.6. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and their matchups have averaged 161 points per game.

In contrast to their season average of 84.2 points per game, the Cornell had a below average performance. They scored 77 points against Penn and had a field goal percentage of 45.6%. The Cornell offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 28.7 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 34% of their looks from outside this season.

Currently, the Big Red’s defense holds the 267th rank in the nation, allowing 77.1 points per game. Against Penn, the Big Red’s defense gave up 60 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Penn only made 1 free-throws.

Will Brown Make it Happen at Home?

After winning their last game against Harvard, the Brown Bears will look to snap their two-game home losing streak. On the season, they have a home record of 1-4, compared to their road record of 3-8.

As the underdog, Brown has gone 2-9 this season, and they enter this game as 5.5-point underdogs. Through 17 games, they have an average scoring margin of -2.4 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Brown has gone 6-5 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 7-9. At home, the Bears are just 1-4 vs. the spread this season and have gone 3-5-1 ATS in their last 10 home games. As the underdog, Brown is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Brown games is 9-7 and today’s line of 158 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (141.3). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points and the over/under record in those games is 3-0.

In their most recent game, the Bears’ offense tallied 74 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 69.8 points per game. Offensively, the Bears hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 338th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 258th in terms of percentage and 196th in three-pointers made.

Brown’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 71.8 points per game. In today’s game vs. Cornell, the Brown defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Brown made 17 free-throws vs. the Bears.