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Pick on the total for Yale-Cornell on January 13

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Friday’s college basketball matchup between the Yale Bulldogs and Cornell Big Red.

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Friday’s college basketball card tips off with a battle of extremes, as the defense-oriented Yale Bulldogs pay a visit to the uptempo Cornell Big Red.

Yale Bulldogs vs. Cornell Big Red (-1.5, 145.5)

Both teams have had success getting their tempo going this season, with Cornell ranking 44th in the nation in possessions per game and Yale ranking 279th, but things have been different at home lately for Cornell.

The Big Red are playing 3.8 possessions per game fewer at home than on the road, which has resulted in the defense allowing 70 points or fewer in six of their seven home games this season.

Overall this season, the Bulldogs rank 16th in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis. Despite allowing 10.6 more points per 100 possessions in games played out-of-town, they rank 13th in this category when playing on a road or neutral court.

Although the Big Red have the 10th-highest percentage of shots that come from 3-point range, their most efficient offense has come inside the arc, ranking seventh in the country in 2-point shooting percentage.

The strength of Yale’s defense has come from contesting shots, ranking 61st in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage while ranking eighth in opponent 2-point shooting percentage in road and neutral-court games.

With Cornell making 56.5% of its 2-point shots at home as opposed to 60.4% on the road — and Yale allowing 64 points or fewer in 12 of its 16 games this season and more than 72 points just once — Friday’s college basketball slate will tip-off to a supreme display of defense.

The Play: Yale vs. Cornell Under 145.5


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