Expect a defensive battle when the Yale Bulldogs (18-6, 6-2 Ivy) and Cornell Big Red (5-16, 2-6 Ivy) square off at Newman Arena at Bartels Hall. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21, 2020.
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The Bulldogs fell to the Penn Quakers in their last game, 69-61. With 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Paul Atkinson was the game’s leading scorer. Penn had a turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 16.1). Yale, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 25.9).
In the Big Red’s last matchup, they were defeated by the Dartmouth Big Green, 75-53. Terrance McBride was Cornell’s high scorer with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Dartmouth did a terrific job of making free throws (15-18; 83.3 percent). Cornell, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 15.6).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Bulldogs won 86-71. The Bulldogs played a flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 39.3 and a turnover percentage of 14.6. For those same stats, the Big Red were 13.3 and 17.2, respectively. Atkinson put up a double-double in the victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Points at the line might be scarce for Cornell in this showdown. The Big Red currently rank 316th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.186, while Yale ranks 57th in FTA rate allowed (0.186). Additionally, the Bulldogs’ 46th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 109.4) will try to exploit the Big Red’s 309th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 105.7).
Yale at Cornell ATS Prediction
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The Big Red average 6.7 steals per game, which ranks 110th in the country. The Bulldogs rank 158th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Yale ranks 98th in blocked shots (3.4 per game) while Cornell ranks 146th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Yale ranks 31st in rebounds per game (39.1) while Cornell ranks 230th (33.4).
The Bulldogs rank 15th in assists per game (16.3) while the Big Red rank 186th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Cornell averages 23.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 89th in the country. Yale ranks 226th in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
The Big Red’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, up from 3.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (4.1 above their season average).