The Yale Bulldogs (6-3), the country’s top shooting defense, will take on the Albany Great Danes (5-3) at SEFCU Arena. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Yale Bulldogs vs. Albany Great Danes Odds Preview
The Bulldogs defeated the Vermont Catamounts in their last game, 65-52. Paul Atkinson was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Yale played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.288 (above their season average of 0.242) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (above their season average of 24.5). For those same stats, Vermont had marks of 0.085 and 20.0, respectively.
In the Great Danes’ previous outing, they topped the American University Eagles, 68-64. With 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting, Cameron Healy was the top scorer from either team. The Great Danes knocked down 17 of their 23 free throws (73.9 percent) and held the Eagles to an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 (below their season average of 0.531).
The inefficient offense of Albany will battle against the stingy defense of Yale. Since last season, the Great Danes rank 282nd in offensive efficiency, while the Bulldogs are second in defensive efficiency. The Bulldogs should have the advantage on that side of the ball. Conflicting paces will be on display in this battle. The up-tempo Bulldogs rank 36th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Great Danes rank 270th.
The Bulldogs won the only contest against the Great Danes last season, 71-63. The Bulldogs played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.2 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.574. For those same stats, the Great Danes recorded marks of 17.9 and 0.450, respectively.
Yale Bulldogs at Albany Great Danes Odds Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Yale, ATS Winner – Yale, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Bulldogs rank 26th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Great Danes rank 209th (2.8).
Albany ranks 174th in steals allowed per game (6.5) while Yale ranks 283rd (7.2).
Yale ranks 23rd in assists allowed per game (12.2) while Albany ranks 252nd (14.2).
The Bulldogs rank fourth in rebounds per game (39.2) while the Great Danes rank 225th (34.3).
Albany averages 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 94th in the nation. Yale ranks 281st in three pointers allowed per game (24.2).