Columbia Lions (6-22) at Pennsylvania Quakers (14-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbia Lions and the Penn Quakers meet in college basketball action from the Palestra on Saturday.
Columbia comes into this one at 6-23 overall. Right now, Columbia is skidding on a pretty ugly 12-game losing streak, and they’ve fallen to Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton in their last four outings.
In the loss to Princeton on Friday, Columbia’s only double-digit scorer was Mike Smith, who carried the team on 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Randy Brumant chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and one assist there, and Jack Forrest had five points with six boards.
Over on the Penn side, they’re 15-11 so far. Since losing three straight games to Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale, Penn has notched consecutive wins over Brown and Cornell.
In the win over Cornell on Friday, Penn’s leading scorer was AJ Brodeur with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Both Max Martz and Jordan Dingle recorded 12 points apiece there, and combined for two assists with eight rebounds.
Penn is 6-0 ATS in their last six Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Penn is also 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall and the under is 4-1 in their last five home games.
Meanwhile, Columbia is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games. Columbia is also 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and the over is 4-1 in their last five overall.
Well, it’s pretty obvious that there’s not much to like about Columbia right now. The Lions have been under 70 points in each of their last five games, and haven’t really finished close in too many games during this win streak. It’s been a pretty lengthy session of frustration on all levels.
In any case, Penn has scored 73 or more in each of their last three games, which is a nice turnaround from a four-game sub-70 scoring slump. I'm not wild about Penn, but when they're on the Quakers are a pretty formidable squad. I can’t find many reasons not to take Penn here.