The Princeton Tigers (11-10, 3-3 Ivy), 1.5-point underdogs, will be at Lavietes Pavilion to square off with the Harvard Crimson (10-11, 5-1 Ivy) in an Ivy matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 130.5 points and it will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Princeton Tigers vs. Harvard Crimson ATS Odds
In their last game, the Crimson won a close one over the Cornell Big Red, 76-73, while the Tigers were beaten by the Penn Quakers, 82-65.
The Crimson knocked down 15 of their 16 free throws (93.8 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.575 (above their season average of 0.477). Princeton, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (25.7 vs. 26.7). Harvard received a boost from Seth Towns, who finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Myles Stephens had a solid performance for Princeton, putting up 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Harvard ranks 259th in possessions per game (68.0) and Princeton is 287th (67.2). Also, the Tigers, who rank 308th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.3 percent), will clash against the Crimson, who rank 44th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.1 percent).
Tigers games have a slight tendency to go over the total (52.9 percent). Princeton holds records of 11-10 straight up (SU) and 7-10 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas tends to place the total high when the Crimson are involved, as 64.7 percent of their games have gone under the O/U total. Additionally, Harvard is 10-11 SU and 8-8-1 ATS.
Towns has been playing at a high level as of late for Harvard, averaging 23.6 points and 1.6 steals over the last five games.
The Tigers dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent game, Princeton won 73-69. The Tigers’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Crimson. Princeton had a rate of 7.1, while Harvard posted a mark of 25.9. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
Princeton ranks 44th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while Harvard ranks 181st (7.2).
The Tigers rank 52nd in three pointers attempted per game (25.1) while the Crimson rank 95th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6).
Harvard is 32nd in the nation with 2.6 blocks allowed per game while Princeton is 56th with 2.8 blocks allowed per game.
The Tigers rank 12th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Crimson rank 107th (13.0).
Princeton ranks 45th in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Harvard ranks 130th (34.2).
Princeton is 4-6 ATS on the road, while Harvard is 0-1-1 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 6 of the Tigers’ 10 road games, while 2 of the Crimson’s 2 home games have gone under.
The Crimson are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Tigers are 1-3.
In their last five games, Harvard has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Princeton has 3 overs and 1 under.
The Crimson have outscored opponents by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Harvard has lost by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 83.6 points per game (10.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (1.9 above their season average).