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Harvard vs. Columbia - 2/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbia Lions (11-9) at Harvard Crimson (15-5)

College Basketball: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)

The Line: Harvard Crimson -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Columbia Lions and Harvard Crimson square off Friday night at the Lavietes Pavilion.

The Columbia Lions could use a big road win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Columbia is averaging 62.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Maodo Lo is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while Kyle Castlin is averaging 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Cory Osetkowski is grabbing six rebounds and Steve Frankoski is shooting 39.9 percent from the field. The Columbia Lions have four players averaging at least 6.9 points, and they’re shooting 71 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Columbia is allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last seven games.

Harvard vs. Columbia - 2/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Harvard Crimson have won four straight and lead the Ivy League. On the season, Harvard is averaging 62.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 58.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Wesley Saunders is averaging 16.2 points and four assists while Corbin Miller is averaging 9.3 points and 1.7 rebounds. Siyani Chambers is dishing 4.5 assists and Steve Moundou-Missi is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson have four players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 70 percent from the line and 36 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Harvard is allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in eight of its last 11 games.

The Lions are 8-24 ATS in their last 32 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Crimson are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Ivy League. The Lions are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Harvard and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

The Harvard Crimson have beaten up the Ivy League ATS for as long as I can remember, and that hasn't changed this season. Columbia is just  too inconsistent and has lost nine of its alst 10 games SU against Harvard. Look for the Crimson to win by double digits. 

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Harvard Crimson -8.5

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