Columbia Lions vs. Brown Bears - 2/21/14
Brown Bears (13-9) at Columbia Lions (15-10)
College Basketball: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Levien Gym)
The Line: Columbia Lions -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
For the second time this month, the Brown Bears and Columbia Lions will square off in an Ivy League matchup. These teams met on the first of February, and Brown won 64-56.
Since then, the Bears have split their last four games due to offensive issues. They usually shoot 43.2 percent and average 70.5 points, but they’ve scored 65 or fewer points in four of their last five games. During that stretch they’re shooting only 36.6 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, they’ve allowed 58.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. They average 69.5 points and allow 67.5 points on the road. They are 7-4-1 ATS overall and 4-2 ATS on the road.
Including the loss to the Bears, the Lions have lost three of their last five games. In those contests, they’re averaging 64.6 points and allowing 66.2 points. Both averages are well below their season averages. The good news is that they are a much better home team, averaging 74.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting, while allowing 60.5 points on 40.3 percent shooting. They are 9-6 ATS overall and 3-1 ATS on their home court.
The Bears have lost four of their last five road games, while the Lions are an impressive 10-2 SU on their home floor. The Lions are also 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, while the Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Columbia.
Yes, Brown has won the last four meetings SU, but the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings between these two teams.
With the way the Lions play on both sides of the ball on their home floor and the road struggles for Brown, I’m going with the Lions to cover the chalk.