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Harvard vs. Columbia - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbia Lions (8-18) at Harvard Crimson (16-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)

The Line: Harvard Crimson -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Columbia Lions and Harvard Crimson meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Lavietes Pavilion.

The Columbia Lions could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Columbia Lions are averaging 76.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 76.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Mike Smith is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 assists while Quinton Adlesh is averaging 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Lukas Meisner is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Hickman is dishing 1.5 assists. The Columbia Lions are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Columbia Lions are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Columbia Lions haven't won a road game since November 14. 

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Harvard vs. Columbia - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Harvard Crimson look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 66.4 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Seth Towns is averaging 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Bryce Aiken is averaging 14.1 points and 2.9 assists. Chris Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Johnson is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have won six straight home games.

The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Crimson are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 22-7-2 ATS in their last 31 vs. Ivy League and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lions are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Harvard, 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Harvard Crimson have been a money machine against the number when playing Ivy League teams, but the Columbia Lions have won four of the last five meetings against them. Also, despite struggling to win games recently, Columbia is still outscoring teams by 1.6 points in their last five games. This seems like too many points to lay given the history. I'll take the free buckets here.

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