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Columbia vs. Norfolk State - 3/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Norfolk State Spartans (17-16) at Columbia Lions (21-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Levien Gym)

The Line: Columbia Lions -12.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Columbia Lions and the Norfolk State Spartans face off on Wednesday in CIT college basketball action.

The Columbia Lions are 21-10 this season and they won five of their last seven games. Columbia is averaging 74.4 points per game and they are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.8 percent. Maodo Lo leads the Lions averaging 16.7 points per game. Alex Rosenberg is averaging 13.8 points, Grant Mullins is averaging 13.1 points, and Luke Petrasek is averaging 9.8 points. Columbia is 14-4 at home this season and 11-6 in games outside of the Ivy League.

Columbia vs. Norfolk State - 3/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Norfolk State Spartans are 1716 this season and they lost to South Carolina State in the MEAC Tournament to land in this game. Norfolk State is averaging 73.9 points per game and they are shooting 42.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Jeff Short leads the Spartans averaging 15.6 points per game. D’Shon Taylor is averaging 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, Charles Oliver is averaging 12.2 points, and Jordan Butler is averaging 7.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Norfolk State is 7-9 on the road and 4-11 in non-conference games.

Columbia is 13-5 1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 41-20 against the spread in their last 61 non-conference games. Norfolk State is 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 5-2 against the spread following a loss, and 4-1 against the spread following three or more consecutive home games.

Norfolk State’s record is deceptive but Columbia has been sharp making this a tough call so while it is just a lean I will take the big number. 

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Norfolk State Spartans +12.5

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