Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Big Red and Quakers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Quakers at The Palestra in Philadelphia, PA. Get ready to place your bets! Cornell is favored by -4.5 in this Ivy League conference contest against Penn. The game’s over/under currently sits at 158.5 points.

CORNELL BIG RED VS PENN QUAKERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Penn Quakers +4.5

This game will be played at The Palestra at 8:00 ET on Friday, March 1st.

WHY BET THE PENN QUAKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Quakers.
  • Not only will Penn pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 158.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Cornell Live Up to the Hype on the Road?

Despite their loss in their last game, Cornell has been dominant on the road this season, going 9-4 compared to 9-1 at home. Over their last 10 road games, the Big Red have gone 7-3.

For the season, Cornell has been favored in 17 of their 25 games, going 16-1 in those matchups. Overall, they have a record of 20-5.

On the season, Cornell is 11-11-1 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-8. Over their last three road games, the Big Red are 2-1 vs. the spread. As the favorite, Cornell’s ATS record is 8-8-1 this year and over their last three games as the favorite, they are 0-2-1.

Today’s over/under line of 158.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Cornell’s games this season (156.7). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 1-2.

In their recent matchup, the Cornell offense ended with 74 points against Brown. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.3% and made 13 threes. Chris Manon is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 12.6. Meanwhile, Nazir Williams also brings a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.

At this time, the Big Red’s defense is positioned 221st in the country, permitting 73.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Brown, the Bears finished with a field goal percentage of 44% and a total of 78 points vs. Cornell.

Taking a Look at the Quakers Chances at Home

At home, Penn has gone 6-5 this season, but they have lost three straight games at home. They are the underdog today, and as the underdog, they have gone just 1-10 this season.

Overall, Penn is 10-16 this season and 2-9 in Ivy League play. They are coming off a 74-70 loss to Harvard and have gone 2-3 in their last five games. For the season, they have an average scoring margin of +2.6 points per game at home.

When looking at Penn’s ATS record this season, they are currently 9-15. At home, their ATS mark is 5-6, while their last 3 home games vs. the spread is 0-3. As the underdog, the Quakers are just 3-8 this year and 3-7 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 158.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Penn’s games this season (143.2). So far, 20 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 143 points.

In their previous game, the Quakers’ offense finished with 70 points, which is right in line with their current average of 73.5 points per contest. The top scorer for the Quakers was Clark Slajchert with 21 points, while Nick Spinoso also chipped in with 18 points.

In terms of defense, Penn is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 72.8 points per game. Against Harvard in their most recent game, the Penn defense gave up a total of 74 points while allowing Harvard to hit 38% of their shots.