Brown Bears vs. Columbia Lions - 2/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbia Lions (11-11) at Brown Bears (11-14)
College Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Pizzitola Sports Center)
The Line: Brown Bears +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Columbia Lions shoot for the season sweep of Ivy League rival the Brown Bears on the road Friday.
The Columbia Lions are looking to crack the top four of the Ivy League but with no conference playoffs the real goal is to get above .500 and get invited to another tournament. That means they had better get both ends of the floor on the same page and rack up some wins as they sit with defeats in three of four. The Lions are coming off of a 61-49 loss at Dartmouth where a poor second half cost them a winable contest. The numbers tell a different story with the Big Green burning the nets at 50% shooting with 39% accuracy and a ten point deficit at the strip doing nothing to help. Steve Frankoski paced the offense with 14 points on 5-6 from the floor with Maodo Lo tossing in eleven followed by a nine point, six pull effort from Kyle Castlin.
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The Brown Bears look like a team that can beat anybody in the Ivy League although that doesn't happen because they tend to go through spurts or dry spells that eventually cost them on the scoreboard. The Bears finally put everything together in a 71-55 rout of Penn on the road with a 42-25 second half run turned this into a laugher. Defense was the key with the Quakers limited to 34% shooting and 3-14 on threes. The Bears responded with 45% marksmanship and a 9-17 performance from long range. JR Hobbie led all scorers with 21 points on 6-8 from the floor with Steven Spieth right on his heels with a 19 point, five yank effort on 4-8 shooting. Tavon Blackmon and Cedric Kuakumensah added 14 and ine points with the latter hauling in nine rebounds.
The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss while going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Bears are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Brown are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. Columbia is the choice here and the question is do they show it on Friday...