Can an Ivy League Team Be Competitive With a Non-Conference Team?
Currently, Princeton is the class of the Ivy League, but Ivy League consists of teams that are very inconsistent. A team that’s at the bottom of the NCAA league is capable of being a top Ivy League team. That said, the Princeton Tigers have been nearly perfect this season. The one blemish on their resume is a 3 point loss at Butler.
Where common opponents are concerned, Princeton blasted Farleigh Dickinson by 22 points while Rutgers lost to the Knights, 73-72. Ivy League or not, Princeton comes into tonight’s game as a 3.5 point betting favorite.
This season the Tigers have only allowed one opponent over 67 points and that was Lafayette in an overtime victory. Expect more of the same in this game as Rutgers doesn’t have an overwhelming offensive presence. This game will come down to the effectiveness of the Princeton offense against a Rutgers team which has allowed over 70 points in every game except for one.
Princeton’s leading scorer, T.J. Bray (13.7 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), missed Saturday’s game against Farleigh Dickinson due to violations of athletic department rules. Expect him to be back and look for a good outing from freshman Spencer Weisz as he returns close to his old stomping grounds in high school. Weisz got the minutes in his last game and came up big, producing 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Princeton has a deep team offensively and can frustrate their opponent on the defensive end. Lay the points and take the Tigers for your NCAA basketball pick for this match-up.
Pick- Princeton -3.5 at Bet 365
Bryant (6-4) at #3 Ohio State (8-0)
Bryant Is Due For a Beating
I took Bryant in their last game and although they lost to Notre Dame, they managed to cover the double digit point spread. Tonight, they face an Ohio State team that has one of the best defenses in the country and is finally starting to pick it up offensively. The Buckeyes are an 18.5 point betting favorite in this game and I feel a blowout coming.
Ohio State has held their opponents to just 54.5 points per contest, 37.1% from the field, and 22% from beyond the arc. Their main focus will be to stop Bryant’s leading scorer, Dyami Starks. Starks is averaging 22.1 points per game, but as we saw against a good team like Notre Dame, he can be shut down.
In their last 3 games, we’ve seen a different Buckeyes team offensively. LaQuinton Ross has averaged 20 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 22 of 35 from the field and the combination of Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft have shot a collective 65% from the field.
The Buckeyes were good enough to defeat Bryant soundly when the offensive wasn’t playing well. Now, expect the worst for the Bulldogs as they’re about to meet a team that’s playing their best basketball of the season.
Pick- Ohio State -18.5 at Bet 365