Princeton vs. Columbia - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbia Lions (6-22) at Princeton Tigers (13-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium)
The Line: Princeton Tigers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV: NBCS-Philadelphia, ESPN+
The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Jadwin Gymnasium on Friday night.
The Columbia Lions will try to finish the season on a high note, sitting in the basement of the Ivy League at 1-11 in conference play after a 76-57 loss to Dartmouth last time out. Mike Smith leads Columbia in scoring and assists with 22.8 PPG and 4.6 APG while Ike Nweke has 9.6 PPG and a team-high 5.5 RPG this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 66.6 points on 41.2% shooting from the field, 29.8% from 3-point land and 73.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72 points on 44.5% shooting from the field and 32.1% from 3-point range this season. Columbia is 0-14 straight up and 5-8-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Princeton Tigers will look to shake up the playoff spots in the Ivy League standings down the stretch, sitting at 8-4 in conference play after a 66-63 loss to Yale last time out. Jaelin Llewellyn leads Princeton in scoring with 14.8 PPG while Richmond Aririguzoh is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG this season. Ryan Schwieger has 10.9 PPG and 2.6 APG for Princeton as well this season. As a team, Princeton is averaging 70.7 points on 46% shooting from the field, 34.7% from 3-point range and 72.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.9 points on 46.4% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season. Princeton is 6-5 straight up and 6-4 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the road team is 17-4 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.
Laying this many points in an Ivy League game can feel intimidating, especially with how much success the road team’s had in this matchup. However, Columbia’s been the worst team in the conference this season by a wide margin, and the Lions are being outscored by 11.6 points per game on the road this season. Columbia has held their opponents to just 58.4 PPG in their last 5 games and I just think we see more of the same here as Columbia struggles again. Give me Princeton and lay the points here.