Yale vs Cornell Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 11, 2023

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The No. 1 seed Yale Bulldogs (20-7, 10-4 Ivy League) and the No. 4 seed Cornell Big Red (17-10, 7-7 Ivy League) will try to move on in the Ivy League tournament on Saturday as they square off at 11:00 AM.

Saturday’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Big Red sees the Bulldogs as 6-point favorites. A 150.5-point total is set for the game.

Yale vs. Cornell Odds

Point Spread for Yale vs. Cornell

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with sportsbooks listing Yale as the favorite.

Yale vs. Cornell Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Yale has -279 odds to pick up the win, while Cornell is listed at +230 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 150.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • Game Time: 11:00 AM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Location: Princeton, New Jersey
  • Arena: Jadwin Gymnasium

Yale vs. Cornell Betting Trends

Yale has 17 wins against the spread in 25 games this year. The Bulldogs have come away with 15 wins in the 19 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Yale’s games this year have hit the over on nine of 25 set point totals.

Cornell is 13-12-0 against the spread this year. The Big Red have been the underdog on the moneyline nine total times this season. They’ve gone 3-6 in those games. Cornell’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 13 times in 25 opportunities (52%).

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Yale vs. Cornell Key Players to Watch


EJ Jarvis paces his squad in rebounds per game (5.5), and also averages 11.7 points and 0.6 assists. At the other end, he averages 0.6 steals and 1.4 blocked shots. Bez Mbeng posts a team-leading 3.2 assists per contest. He is also averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, shooting 43.8% from the field and 32.9% from downtown with 1 made 3-pointers per contest. Matt Knowling averages 14.5 points and 2.1 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also putting up 5 rebounds, shooting 63% from the floor. John Poulakidas posts 11.9 points, 3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Defensively, he puts up 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.


Chris Manon is averaging 11 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, making 56.5% of his shots from the field. The Big Red receive 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game from Nazir Williams. Sean Hansen leads the Big Red in rebounding (4.5 per game), and averages 8.8 points and 2.7 assists. He also posts 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Yale Bulldogs

A total of seven out of Yale’s 14 Ivy League games this season have hit the over. The Bulldogs sport a top-25 defense this season, ranking 22nd-best in college basketball with 62.7 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 63rd with 76.5 points scored per contest. So far this season, Yale is averaging 35.1 boards per game (29th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 28.3 rebounds per contest (34th-ranked).

So far this season, Yale is draining 7.4 treys per game (181st-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 35.5% (107th-ranked) from three-point land. The Bulldogs are allowing 7.1 three-pointers per game (166th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 32.2% (84th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Bulldogs are 8-2 against the spread and 9-1 overall in their last 10 games. Yale has gone over the total in five of its last 10 outings. In its last 10 games, Yale has been racking up 79.4 points per game, an average that’s a little higher than the 76.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. The last 10 games have seen Yale concede 3.9 more points per game (66.6) than its season-long average (62.7).

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What you need to know about the Cornell Big Red

Cornell has compiled a 5-9-0 ATS record so far this season in conference games. In 2022-23, the Big Red are sixth-best in the country on offense (82.5 points scored per game) and ranked 327th defensively (75.9 points allowed). Cornell collects 30.6 rebounds per game and give up 30.6 boards, ranking 252nd and 148th, respectively, in the nation.

Beyond the arc, Cornell is second-best in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (10.8). It is 97th in 3-point percentage at 35.7%. Defensively, the Big Red are 291st in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.2. They are 253rd in 3-point percentage allowed at 34.9%.

The Big Red have two wins against the spread, and are 4-6 overall, in their past 10 contests. Cornell has gone over the total in five of its last 10 contests. In its previous 10 games, Cornell is tallying 80.1 points per game, compared to its season average of 82.5. The Big Red are surrendering 81.9 points per game in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 75.9 points allowed.

Yale vs. Cornell Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Yale, and we predict that Yale will cover the spread (Yale -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 150.5 points.

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How to bet Yale vs. Cornell

You can bet on Yale vs. Cornell at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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