The Crimson and Big Red are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Big Red will host the game at Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 156 points, and Cornell is favored by -8.5 vs. Harvard in a Ivy League conference matchup.


The Pick: Harvard Crimson +8.5

This game will be played at Newman Arena at 6:00 ET on Friday, February 16th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Big Red.
  • Even though we have Cornell winning straight-up, we like Harvard at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Crimson Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Harvard comes into this game as 8.5-point underdogs, and they have gone 4-7 in games where they were the underdog this season. So far, the Crimson are 12-8, and they have gone 3-4 in Ivy League play. On the road, they have gone 4-4, and their average scoring margin away from home is -5.5.

Harvard is coming off a 77-59 win over Dartmouth. Over their last 10 games, they have gone 5-5 on the road, and their record away from home this season is 5-5. On the year, they have gone 9-4 in non-conference games.

Against the spread, Harvard is currently 7-12 this season. On the road, the Crimson have gone 4-4 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Harvard has a 3-7 ATS mark.

So far this season, the over/under record in Harvard games is 12-7. Today's line of 156 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.9). Currently, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's OU line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 140 points.

Harvard recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 77 points against Dartmouth. This output exceeded their season average of 71.7 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Malik Mack, who is averaging 18.7 heading into today's matchup. Additionally, Chisom Okpara also maintains a PPG average of 16.6 heading into game.

On defense, Harvard is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.2 points per game. So far, the Harvard defense is giving up an average of 9.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.2 times per game (512nd).

Are Cornell Ready for a Home Win?

After losing their last game, Cornell will look to bounce back and improve their 17-4 record. On the season, they have been perfect at home, going 6-0.

Over their last ten games at home, the Big Red have gone 9-1. They have been favored in 13 of their 21 games, going 13-0.

When looking at Cornell's ATS record this season, they are 10-9. At home, their ATS record is 5-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cornell games is 12-7. Today's over/under line of 156 is very close to the average over/under line in their games this season, which is 157.3. Currently, the average scoring total in their games this year is 156.7. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 143 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Cornell offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Yale. Their field goal percentage for the game was 54.5%, and they made 10 threes. Chris Manon is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 12.2 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Nazir Williams brings a PPG average of 10.8 into the game.

Currently, the Big Red's defense holds the 234th rank in the nation, allowing 74.6 points per game. Cornell's three-point defense is currently 156th in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.8% of their shots vs. Cornell.