Columbia Lions vs. Yale Bulldogs - 2/23/14
Yale Bulldogs (14-9) at Columbia Lions (16-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Levien Gym)
The Line: Columbia Lions -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs will look to win their eighth game in a row when they go on the road to play the Columbia Lions. These two teams played at the end of January, and Yale won 69-59.
That win was the start of the Bulldogs winning streak, in which they are playing their best basketball of the season. In their last five games, they’re averaging 71.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 37.3 percent shooting. The offense is more efficient than ever and the defense is forcing opponents into even tougher shots. However, they are just 5-7 SU on the road, as they average 65.8 points and allow 69.8 points. They are 9-4 ATS overall and 5-3 ATS on the road.
The Lions have split their last six games since their meeting against the Bulldogs, but have won their last two games. In their last five, they’re averaging 67.2 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Meiko Lyles is coming off a 21-point performance in a win over Brown where he went five for five from downtown. At home, the Lions average 74 points and allow 61.2 points. They are 9-7 ATS overall and 3-2 ATS at home.
Although seven of the Bulldogs nine losses have come on the road this season, they have won their last three road trips. They’ve also dominated the series against Columbia. Not only have they won nine of the last 10 meetings SU, but they’ve also covered nine of those games.
Yale is 5-0 ATS in its last five conference games and 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games played in Columbia.
The Bulldogs should have little trouble covering the spread once again in this Ivy League rivalry, so getting points is just a plus.