Columbia Lions vs. Harvard Crimson - 2/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (10-14) at Columbia Lions (17-8)
College Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Levien Gym)
The Line: Columbia Lions -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson will travel to play the Columbia Lions in an Ivy League game on Friday.
The Columbia Lions are 17-8 (6-2) and are coming off of a loss to Princeton by a score of 88-83. Columbia has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently 3rd in the Ivy League standings. Columbia defeated Harvard by a score of 55-54 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Columbia is averaging 76.1 points per game while giving up 69.2 points per game. Columbia is also averaging 36.4 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game. Maodo Lo is averaging 16.1 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for Columbia. Grant Mullins is averaging 13.6 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Lions. Columbia is shooting 70.7% on free throws, 37.2% on three-pointers, and 44.2% on all field goal attempts.
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The Harvard Crimson are 10-14 (2-6) and are coming off of a loss to Yale by a score of 67-55. Harvard has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is currently tied for 5th in the Ivy League standings. Harvard has conference wins against Brown and Dartmouth. Harvard is averaging 66.3 points per game while giving up 66 points per game. Harvard is also averaging 37.5 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Zena Edosomwan is averaging 14.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game for Harvard. Agunwa Okolie is averaging 9.3 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Crimson. Harvard is shooting 58.4% on free throws, 38.3% on three-pointers, and 43.9% on all field goal attempts.
Harvard is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. Harvard is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games. The over is 4-0 in Harvard’s last 4 Friday games. Columbia is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games. Columbia is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 16-5 in Columbia’s last 21 home games.
Columbia has been impressive this season, while Harvard has struggled during conference play. Columbia is a much better offensive team than Harvard, but Harvard is the better defensive team. Columbia was able to win a very tight game in the first matchup between these teams, and I expect them to get another win here.