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Princeton vs. Columbia - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbia Lions (3-10) at Princeton Tigers (7-8)

College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium)

The Line: Princeton Tigers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC Sports - Philadelphia

The Columbia Lions will travel to Jadwin Gymnasium to take on the Princeton Tigers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Columbia Lions won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-10 (0-0 Ivy League) on the season after defeating the D-III Sarah Lawrence Gryphons, 87-42, this past Saturday. Columbia put this one away early after taking a 49-9 lead at halftime. Columbia held Saint Lawrence to just 24.1% shooting from the field and 21.9% (7-32) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Lions was Kyle Castlin who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Columbia is averaging 74.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 10.6 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Columbia has been led by Mike Smith (18.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Kyle Castlin (11.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Lukas Meisner (11.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Quinton Adlesh (9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Columbia is allowing their opponents to average 76.2 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of -3.9 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

Princeton vs. Columbia - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Princeton Tigers dropped to 7-8 (0-1 Ivy League) on the season after being defeated by the Pennsylvania Quakers, 76-70, this past Saturday. Princeton allowed Pennsylvania to take an early 21-11 lead midway through the 1st half and trailed throughout the 2nd half in the loss. Princeton allowed Pennsylvania to shoot 51.9% from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Devin Cannady who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Princeton is averaging 70.0 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Princeton has been led by Devin Cannady (18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Myles Stephens (14.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), Amir Bell (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg), and Sebastian Much (8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Princeton is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. The Tigers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Colombia hasn’t been able to pick up many wins this season, however, the Lions have been somewhat competitive in their losses as they lost by just an average of 11.3 ppg against Villanova, UConn, and Boston College. The lions has struggled a bit defensively, ranking just 271st in scoring defense, however, has been solid on the offensive side of the ball as Columbia ranks 170th in scoring offense and 65th in assists. Princeton has won 5 of their last 7 games and although their offense doesn’t put up many points, the Tigers are still very dangerous from beyond the arc as Princeton ranks 44th in three-pointers made per game and 40th in 3P-FG%. Princeton is the better team and is great at home, however, I think the Lions are better than their record indicates and with Kyle Castlin back in the lineup, I think Columbia does enough to cover with the points. Take Columbia and the points.  

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