Columbia vs. Harvard - 2/28/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Harvard Crimson (18-7) at Columbia Lions (6-20)
College Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Francis S. Levien Gymnasium)
The Line: Columbia Lions +7 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Harvard Crimson and the Columbia Lions meet in college basketball action from Levien Gym on Friday.
Harvard comes in here at 18-7 so far. Since their last loss to Brown, Harvard is on a four-game winning streak with victories over Cornell, Columbia, Princeton and Penn in that time.
In the win over the Quakers, Harvard’s lead scorers were Noah Kirkwood and Chris Lewis, each with 19 points and four rebounds, with a combined two assists as well. Justin Bassey added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Harvard in that one too.
Over on the Columbia side, they’re 6-20 this season. It’s been a while since Columbia has recorded a win—January 18 to be exact—and they’ve fallen to Harvard, Brown and Yale in their last trio.
In the loss to Yale, Columbia’s Mike Smith carried the team on 37 points, four assists and one rebound, and was the only one in double-figures. Both Tai Bibbs and Randy Brumant each tallied nine points there, and combined for nine rebounds as well.
Columbia is 7-2 ATS in their last nine Friday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six after an ATS loss. Columbia is 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and the under is 4-1 in their last five Friday games.
Meanwhile, Harvard is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight after an ATS loss. Harvard is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 overall and the over is 18-6-2 in their last 26 road games.
It hasn’t been pretty for Harvard over this four-game win streak, but they’ve gotten the job done nonetheless. Harvard has won each of their last three games by four points or fewer, and just barely escaped Princeton 61-60.
As for Columbia, most of their troubles stem from simply giving up too many points, and they’ve choked out 72 or more in each of their last three games. There’s not a lot here to sway me toward Columbia, so this looks like a Harvard cover from me.