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Princeton Tigers vs. Columbia Lions - 2/7/14

Columbia Lions (13-8) at Princeton Tigers (12-5)

College Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Jadwin Gymnasium)

The Line: Princeton Tigers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Columbia Lions will play their fourth straight road game when they take on the Princeton Tigers Friday night. Both teams are experiencing a two-game skid.

The Lions are on a five-game road trip and have lost two of the first three. Usually a solid shooting team at 45 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from downtown, the Lions are shooting just 43.6 percent from the field and 30.5 percent beyond the arc in their last five games. They haven’t scored above 60 points in two straight games. Defensively, they’re still holding teams to 41 percent shooting and just over 60 points.

Princeton Tigers vs. Columbia Lions - 2/7/14

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The Tigers return home after two straight road losses to Harvard and Dartmouth. Despite the losses, they still shot 45 and 50 percent and drilled 10 threes in each contest. The offense remains one of the best in the country, averaging 75.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting. It’s the defense that has let the Tigers down, as they’re allowing 75.8 points and 49.4 percent shooting in their last five games. On the season it’s not much different with opponents knocking down 46.3 percent of their shots.

Both teams are 6-5 overall against the spread, while Princeton is 0-2 ATS at home and Columbia is 5-4 ATS on the road. Interesting enough, Columbia hasn’t beaten Princeton straight up since March of 2009. That’s eight straight meetings the Tigers have won.

When you add that to the fact the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams, you have to go with Princeton at home. It’s the more balanced team and is playing on the court where it is 6-0 SU.

The Tigers will continue their dominance over the Lions.

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Princeton Tigers -8

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