Princeton Tigers vs. Yale Bulldogs Pick

March 16, 3:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Yale -10

The Princeton Tigers (16-11) and Yale Bulldogs (20-7) will lock horns for the Ivy League Semifinals when they meet at 2:30 PM ET on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The game will be available on ESPN3 live from New Haven, Connecticut. The Bulldogs presently own a three-game winning streak over the Tigers and have covered in their last four contests between the two parties.

Princeton Tigers vs. Yale Bulldogs Overview

Princeton Tigers

The Tigers come into this match-up on a three-game losing streak. Princeton concluded its regular season with a loss to this very Yale team when they were torched 81-59 last Saturday at home. The Tigers closed as just a 3.5-point underdog and were nowhere near close to covering.

Yale Bulldogs

The Bulldogs snapped a two-game skid with the victory against Princeton last week and entered into this tournament with heightened confidence. On the year, Yale finished an impressive 10-4 SU in the Ivy League Standings which was two games better than their Princeton opponents who finished with an 8-6 SU conference record.

Reasons To Avoid Princeton

The Tigers have been far less effective in their shooting game compared to their opponents. On the year, Princeton remains one of the weakest teams in America in field goal efficiency hitting a 325th ranked 41% from the field. On the flip side, the Bulldogs are one of the best in the land. Yale sits 9th overall in the NCAA in field goal percentage as they hit an incredible 49.4% of their attempts.

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Reasons To Back Yale

The Bulldogs own the emotional edge heading into this contest as they won have the last three meetings between both sides. Clearly, Yale has a recipe for success as they have won the previous two fixtures by a margin of at least 14 points. In addition to having a blueprint to follow, Yale owns a deeper bench and far more physical on the boards compared to their counterparts. The Bulldogs are +5.1 in rebound margin while the Tigers are prone to be bulled boding a -1.7 rebound margin.

Princeton vs. Yale Prediction 03/16/2019

In a rare bout of luck, the Bulldogs have the opportunity to play the duration of the Ivy League Tournament with home cooking working in their favor. The last time we saw the Bulldogs in March Madness, it was 2016, but I think they will have it where they can have the final say in whether they return in 2019. After all, the Bulldogs could easily bury the Tigers concerning their shooting alone, but it won't stop there. I expect the Bulldogs to hone their home support and outright pummel the Tigers to carry the momentum with them into Sunday in the Ivy League Championship. First thing first, Yale will live in the moment and pull off another impressive victory against their counterparts.

Free Pick: 
Take Yale -10