Brown Bears vs Princeton Tigers - NCAA Basketball Picks

Brown Bears

Joe Catalano

Friday, January 13, 2017 7:27 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 7:27 PM GMT

The Brown Bears, who have managed to be competitive against a top 25 Rhode Island squad earlier in the season, are certainly not getting the respect from odds makers as they're a monstrous 15 point betting underdog against a Princeton Tigers team with a nearly identical record. Are the Bears the obvious pick that they appear to be?

Brown Bears (9-7) vs Princeton Tigers (8-6) 

The Tigers have been on a nice run as of late, winning 4 consecutive games and holding the opposition to an average of 51 points in their last 3 games. That said, this is a team that hasn't beaten any team of significance and the odds appear to be too high. Brown has faced opponents such as Cincinnati and Rhode Island and despite only going 1-4 on the road, the Bears should be competitive in this spot.

Solid Options

WIth no definitive go to guy, senior forward Steven Spieth has been a solid option for the Bears as he's coming off of a 16 point, 10 rebound effort in a 75-73 loss to NJIT. In this game, Spieth shot 4 for 6 from beyond the arc and we should see another solid effort from Spieth in tonight's matchup.

Senior Tavon Blackmon is another consistent player for Brown as he's scored in double figures in each of his last 4 game while averaging a modest 14 points and 4 assists. Blackmon is a 40% shooter from beyond the arc and he should also be a key player in this game for Brown.

Where Princeton is concerned, they'll look for a bounce back effort from leading scorer, Steven Cook. Cook is coming off of a dismal 5 point effort in a 61-52 victory over Penn. For the most part, Cook has been very reliable, averaging 15 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting a scorching hot 50% from 3-point land.

Look for Cook to play well here. He's a threat on the offensive and defense ends of the court.

Princeton should win this game at home, but what stands out is the 15 point spread. I'm going to side with the Bears as Princeton doesn't warrant being such a large favorite.

 Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Brown Bears +15Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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