We have a new week in college basketball and an action-packed Monday, January 16, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Bears vs. Bulldogs betting pick and odds.
Brown is looking for the third win in a row when they visit Yale at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs are -9.5 favorites on Jazz Sportsbook, while the total is set at 131.5 points. These divisional foes have met twice last year, and the Bulldogs won both games.
Bears edged Princeton at home
The Brown Bears (9-8-0, 9-7-1 ATS) bounced back from a three-game losing skid with a pair of home victories over the Dartmouth Big Green and Princeton Tigers. The Bears were down by eight points at halftime but allowed just 26 points in the second 20 minutes to celebrate a 72-70 win. Kino Lilly Jr. scored a winner with two seconds to go. Brown was solid from the floor (52.8%) and from beyond the arc (50.0%).
Lilly Jr. led the Bears with 26 points (10-15 FG, 4-7 3PT), while Paxson Wojcik added 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Nana Owusu-Anane was all over the floor as he posted eight points, game-high eight boards, team-high five dishes, game-high four steals, and a game-high two blocks.
Bulldogs were destroyed by Cornell in the second half
The Yale Bulldogs (11-6-0, 9-6-0 ATS) opened the season with six consecutive wins and eight in nine games but now are on a two-game losing run, with three defeats in four games. The Bulldogs managed to respond to a pair of losses with a low-scoring home win over Harvard but then suffered a 94-82 road defeat to the Cornell Big Red. It was a good first half for Yale, who had a six-point lead, but Cornell was much better in the second half and won that period by 18 points. It was a season-high 94 points allowed for the Bulldogs. Yale did shoot 58.8% from the field but made just six triples opposite the Big Red’s 13.
Sophomore guard Bez Mbeng led the Bulldogs with 21 points (7-7 FG, 2-2 3PT, 5-7 FT). John Poulakidas contributed 12 points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, while Matt Knowling had 11 points and four boards.
- 5-1 ATS in the last six road games
- 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 games overall
- 13-3 ATS in the last 16 road games following three or more consecutive home games
- 0-4 ATS in the last four games overall
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game
Brown Bears vs. Yale Bulldogs Pick
Although the Bulldogs won each of the last six H2H duels and each of the previous 11 H2Hs at home, I am backing the Bears to cover on Monday. I am not saying Yale is not going to win, they do have a better offense and defense. The Bulldogs are scoring 74.8 points per game opposite Brown’s 65.5 ppg. On defense, Yale allows 60.4 ppg opposite the Bears’ 65.5 ppg, but the Bulldogs are far from being impressive lately, and after allowing 94 at Cornell, I doubt that defense will be dominant here.
Pick: Take the Bears at +10.5 (-125)
Well, I surely expect an improvement from the Bulldogs’ defense after surrendering 94 against Cornell, but I don’t think they will manage to keep the Bears below 65 points. Brown scored 68+ in each of the last four, so Yale will have a tough job keeping the visitors at bay. Over is 4-0 in the Bears’ last four overall, while the total has gone Over in six of Brown’s previous seven games against the Ivy League conference rivals.
Pick: Go Over 129.5 points (-130)