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Brown vs. Columbia - 3/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbia at Brown
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Paul Bailey Pizziola Sports Center
Providence, RI
The Line
Brown Bears -7.5 -- O/U: 137.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Columbia Lions and the Brown Bears meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Paul Bailey Pizziola Sports Center on Friday evening.

The Columbia Lions are in dire need of a win after losing 7 of their last 8 games following a 79-61 loss to Princeton in their last outing. Gabe Stefanini led the Lions with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes, 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Patrick Tape added 15 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assists of his own along with 3 blocks. Quinton Adlesh chipped in 11 points with a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Columbia in the losing effort. Stefanini leads Columbia with an average of 14 points and 4 assists per game while Tape leads the Lions in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 72.7 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the 3-point line and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

The Brown Bears will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 68-65 win over Dartmouth in their last outing. Brandon Anderson led the Bears with 21 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line while Obi Okolie and Tamenang Choh each had 14 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Brown in the win. Choh had 11 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists while Okolie shot 4 of 7 with a pair of threes. Desmond Cambridge added 5 points with 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks as well in the winning effort. Cambridge still leads Brown in scoring with 16.1 points per game while Choh leads the Bears in rebounding and assists with 8.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Brown is averaging 74.6 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the 3-point line and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Columbia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Brown is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 15-5 in their last 20 games overall. Columbia is 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Brown.

I’d like to give the points with Columbia a look, but the fact is that Brown needs this game as the Bears are currently tied for the all-important 4th spot in the Ivy League standings and with the way Cornell has started to slide, this could be a prime opportunity for Brown to make a push for the conference tournament. Add in Columbia’s struggles against Brown over the years, and I think you have to lay the points with the Bears in this contest.

Pick:
Brown -7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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