With a Georgetown Hoyas vs. Cincinnati Bearcats matchup headlining Friday night there are a bunch of games that are predominantly Ivy League.
#15 Georgetown (18-4, 8-3) at Cincinnati (19-6, 7-5)
The Hoyas are hot! They’ve won 6 straight Big East matchups in a row and are currently tied with Syracuse and Marquette for the lead in the Big East Conference.
Georgetown’s bread and butter is their defense. They allow just 55.7 points per game and 37.8% from the field. That said, the Bearcats are no slouches on the defensive end either. Cincinnati allows just 58.4 points per game on 38% shooting from the field. You would figure this to be a very low scoring game.
Protecting the Glass
At 41.1 rebounds per game, the Bearcats rank 7th in the nation. This poses a major threat for the Hoyas, who aren’t an especially good rebounding team. Cincy is a team that distributes playing time evenly and the Hoyas will receive a lot of different looks from the Bearcats. One look that remains constant is the face of leading scorer, Sean Kilpatrick.
At just 6 foot 4, Kilpatrick leads the Bearcats in scoring and rebounding. His shooting efficiency leaves a lot to be desired, but this is a player that produces and can serve many purposes on the court. Kilpatrick is clearly the leader on this team and Cincinnati needs him to have a big game against a lockdown defense in Georgetown.
From a Georgetown perspective, they rely heavily on forward Otto Parker Jr. This is a guy can provide consistency, play great defense, and is a lights out shooter. Parker Jr. just lit up Marquette for 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. He’s only going to get better.
NCAA Basketball Picks- Georgetown/Cincinnati UNDER 119
Iona (15-10, 9-5) at Manhattan (9-15, 7-7)
This is clearly one of those games that I like in which the better team is just a slight 2.5 point betting favorite on the NCAAB odds board, due to the fact that they’re on the road. That said, the MAAC Conference produces a lot of upsets and can be unpredictable at times.
A lot of you might have forgotten about Lamont Jones because not many players transfer from powerhouses like Arizona to Iona. For Jones, the transition has been a successful one. The Harlem, N.Y. native is dominating the MAAC Conference, averaging 22.9 points per game in his senior season. In his last 2 games, Jones has averaged 34.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.
Along with guard, Greg Armand, the combination of Jones and Armand is deadliest combination in the MAAC. The Manhattan Jaspers, who average just 58.5 points per game, will have no answer for the top two home grown Iona stars. The spread is a joke. Iona wins easily.
NCAAB Pick- Iona -2.5 at 5 Dimes
Pennsylvania (5-17, 2-3) at Harvard (13-7, 5-1)
It doesn’t get much more hardcore “Ivy-League-wise” than UPENN vs. Harvard. The Ivy League is filled with perennial losers. These are institutions that are strictly classwork 1st and basketball, 4th or 5th.
That said, the Harvard Crimson have managed to do well for themselves as they lead Princeton by a game in the conference. These are the only 2 teams with winning records, but Harvard is “legit”.
Harvard is a team that beat Boston College and was competitive against UCONN in a loss. My point being is this is a team that can play outside of the sheltered Ivy League.
The Crimson succeeds by efficient shooting. They’re the 11th ranked team in the nation in field goal percentage. Their top 3 players, Wesley Saunders, Siyani Chambers, and Laurent Rivard, all shoot over 42% from 3-point range and are all 80% plus free throw shooters. This is a team that’s not starving for offense.
Leading scorer, Wesley Saunders, has been productive and is coming off of a huge 27 point performance against Columbia in which he was a perfect 10 for 10 from the line. Pennsylvania doesn’t have the capability of stopping any of Harvard’s top 3 scorers if they give a half decent effort.
For one night against Brown, UPenn leading scorer, Miles Cartwright, was nearly perfect in a victory in which Penn held Brown to just 48 points. Cartwright led the team in points (28), rebounds (7), and assists (5). He also shot 5 of 6 from beyond the arc and added in 2 steals. If Cartwright can give a similar effort against Harvard, this game can be competitive.
College Basketball Picks- Harvard -11.5 at 5 Dimes for your college NCAA basketball picks of the day.