Columbia vs. Dartmouth - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Dartmouth Big Green (10-15) at Columbia Lions (6-20)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Francis S. Levien Gymnasium)
The Line: Columbia Lions PK -- Over/Under:
The Dartmouth Big Green and the Columbia Lions meet in college basketball action from Levien Gym on Saturday.
Dartmouth enters this one at 11-15 so far. In their last five games, Dartmouth is 4-1 with a loss to Princeton alongside victories over Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Cornell again during that time.
In the win over Cornell, Dartmouth’s Ian Sistare led the way on 25 points with one rebound and one assist. Aaryn Rai added 18 points, six rebounds and three assists there, and Chris Knight doubled up on 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Over on the Columbia side, they’re 6-21 this year. Columbia is on a 10-game losing streak right now, falling to Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown, Yale and Harvard again in succession.
In the loss to Harvard, Columbia’s lead scorer was Mike Smith with 34 points, three rebounds and three assists. The only other Columbia player in double-digits there was Ike Nweke with 13 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
The under is 17-8 in Columbia’s last 25 versus a team with a losing straight-up record and they’re 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. Columbia is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a losing road record and they’re 5-11 ATS in their last 16 as a favorite.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games and the under is 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games. Dartmouth is 2-4 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a losing straight-up record and the under is 10-5 in their last 15 versus a team with a losing straight-up record.
Dartmouth had their chances against a comparable Princeton team and probably should have won that game, but for the most part the Big Green have been playing well over their last five games (despite a couple of close calls).
The last time these teams met up was a 65-63 nail-biting home victory for Dartmouth. Since then Columbia has been putting up some pretty solid points totals, but they’ve been bad defensively. I’m going to take Dartmouth on the win/cover here; there’s really not much here to entice me otherwise.