Both the Yale Bulldogs and Brown Bears have been very mediocre this season. That said, Yale comes into this game as the betting favorite and on the road. Do odds makers know something that we don't know as Brown has played relatively well at home and find themselves as a 6 point underdog in what's expected to be a high scoring affair?
This is a big game for both teams and where Yale is concerned, they've won 7 out of their last 9 games. Being that the Ivy League is a very weak conference, this is an opportunity for the elite teams to capitalize during inter-conference play. That said, this season has featured teams in the Ivy League that are more equal in talent than in the past and the title is up for grabs.
While Yale has fared well as of late and are expected to win this game, they're coming off of a 66-58 loss to Princeton on the road. In weaker conferences, home court advantage is important, therefore this will be a tough test for Yale as Brown has recently broke their recent 3 game losing streak with an 82-70 victory over Pennsylvania.
This is a Brown squad which is very deep with no real definitive go to guy. The closest thing that they have to a crunchtime player is senior forward Steven Speith. When Speith play's well, Brown becomes a successful squad.
A good example of this is their last game in which Speith led the way with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on just 7 of 9 shooting for the game. This is a player that's not going to put up a ton of shots. Efficiency play's a big part in his game and he's also a two way player that's a nuisance for the opponent on defense. I don't look for Speith to force the issue, but he is by far the most reliable option on the Brown squad. Look for Speith to be a factor in this game.
Brown averages just 31 rebounds per game and will need to better job of protecting the boards if they're to have any chance in this game.
Where Yale is concerned, this is a team that defeated a Pac-12 squad in the Washington Huskies early in the season and possess many more options on the offensive end of the court than Brown, are a better rebounding team and are also a team that likes to share the basketball and look for the best shot available.
Bounce Back Effort For Miye Oni
One player that could be very important for Yale in this game is freshman, Miye Oni. Oni is averaging 12.5 points, 7.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.9% from beyond the arc. Oni registered just 5 points on 1 of 10 shooting from the field in the loss to Princeton. Look for a bounce back performance from Oni in this game as he's been consistent all season long. Yale is a 6 point favorite for a reason and I'm siding with the Bulldogs in this game.