Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Columbia Lions - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbia Lions (1-0) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (1-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hagan Arena)
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds
The Columbia Lions look for their 2nd road win in as many tried as they take on the St. Joseph’s Hawks on Monday night.
The Columbia Lions got off to a solid start with a 73-66 road victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves. Luke Petrasek had a good opening night, leading the Lions with 20 points on 7 for 12 shooting including 3 makes on 4 attempts from behind the 3-point line while making all 3 of his free throws on the night. Petrasek was one of 3 Lions who put up 10+ points in the win, as Mike Smith connected on half of his 10 attempts including a pair of 3s and a pair of free throws to register 14 points while Nate Hickman made 3 of his 6 shot attempts but connected on 6 of 8 from the foul line for 13 points on the night. Lukas Meisner may have only made 1 of his 9 shots on the night, but he made up for it by pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds for Columbia, not to mention the only Lion who reached double digits in the rebound category in the game. As a team, Columbia is shooting just over 48% from the field, including 40% from 3-point range and just under 85% from the charity stripe.
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The St. Joseph’s Hawks had it go down to the wire but opened up their season with a narrow 77-76 win over the Toledo Rockets. Shavar Newkirk led the Hawks with 28 points on 9 for 16 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from the land beyond and 7 of 9 made free throws to go along with 7 boards in the win. Lamarr Kimble followed suit with 16 points on 6 of 14 from the floor and James Demery made just 5 of his 14 free throw attempts for 11 points with 8 rebounds to round out the trio of Hawks who finished with double digits in the scoring column. The main reason that Toledo were able to hang around for so long was that St. Joe’s struggled from the foul line, making only 17 of their 28 attempts for a 60.7% clip on the night. As a team, the Hawks are shooting 45% from the field, and 42.9% from 3-point range after their opening matchup.
Columbia is 44-21 ATS in their last 65 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 road games. St. Joseph’s is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Ivy League while the over is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall.
Columbia has already shown they can win on the road, and did so against a Stony Brook team that made the NCAA tournament last year. St. Joe’s barely scraped out a win against Toledo, as it was clear that the Hawks are still missing guys lie Deandre Bembry. When you add in the fact that last year’s matchup was decided by just 2 points, I think Columbia and the points are a solid bet in a game that the Lions could win outright.