The Quakers and Crimson are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Crimson will host the game at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, MA. The over/under for this game is set at 143.5 points, and Harvard is favored by -2.5 vs. Penn in a Ivy League conference matchup.

PENN QUAKERS VS HARVARD CRIMSON BETTING PICK

The Pick: Harvard Crimson -2.5

This game will be played at Lavietes Pavilion at 7:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE HARVARD CRIMSON:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Crimson.
  • Not only will Harvard pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can Penn Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

So far this season, Penn is 2-10 on the road and has an average scoring margin of -8.8 points per game. The Quakers have gone 1-9 as the underdog, and they are currently on a three-game losing streak.

In their last game, Penn beat Dartmouth by a score of 82-69. Over their last 10 games on the road, the Quakers are 2-8, and they are 1-4 in their last five road games.

As the underdog this season, Penn has gone just 3-7 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-8. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Quakers are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Penn games is 11-12. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this season (143.3). Their games have finished with more points than this over/under line in 12 of their 23 games. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 141 points compared to their season average of 144.9 points per game.

The Penn offense is coming off a game where they scored 82 points against Dartmouth. They posted a field goal percentage of 52.5% and connected on 14 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tyler Perkins who comes into today’s matchup averaging 13.9. Clark Slajchert also heads into the game with a PPG average of 17.2.

At this time, the Quakers’ defense is positioned 190th in the country, permitting 72.8 points per game. Against Dartmouth, the Quakers’ defense gave up 69 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Dartmouth only made 5 free-throws.

Does Harvard Stand a Chance at Home?

Harvard enters tonight’s game as the favorite, as they have been in eight of their 23 games this season. As the favorite, the Crimson have gone 7-1.

At home, Harvard is 7-5 this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +1.1. Over their last 10 games at home, the Crimson have gone 5-5.

As the favorite, Harvard has gone just 3-7 vs. the spread in their last 10 games. At home, the Crimson are 3-9 ATS this season and have gone 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. Overall, Harvard is just 8-14 ATS this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Harvard games is 13-9. The average point total in their games this season is 142.8, which is lower than today’s line of 143.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points.

In their most recent game, the Harvard offense put up just 53 points vs. the Princeton Tigers. Overall, they are now averaging 70.8 points per game which is 304th in the country. Malik Mack is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 18. Meanwhile, Chisom Okpara also brings a PPG average of 16.3 into the game.

In terms of defense, Harvard is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.3 points per game. Harvard will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Princeton to just 37% shooting in their most recent game.