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Columbia vs. Harvard - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Harvard at Columbia
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Levien Gymnasium
Manhattan, New York City
The Line
The Line: Columbia +3 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
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The Harvard Crimson and Columbia Lions meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Levien Gymnasium.

The Harvard Crimson look for a victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 71 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Chris Lewis is averaging 11 points and 4.4 rebounds while Noah Kirkwood is averaging 10.4 points and 1.6 assists. Justin Bassey is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Djuricic is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have won four of their last six road games.

The Columbia Lions look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Columbia Lions are averaging 73.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Mike Smith is averaging 15.8 points and five assists while Quinton Adlesh is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 rebounds. Gabe Stefanini is the third double-digit scorer and Patrick Tape is dishing 1.4 assists. The Columbia Lions are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Columbia Lions are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Columbia Lions have lost four of their last five home games.

The Crimson are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 32-13-2 ATS in their last 47 vs. Ivy League and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lions are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Crimson are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Columbia and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Lions last 4 overall. The over is 16-5 in Crimson last 21 road games.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings and Columbia did take Harvard to overtime in the game last month, losing by just two despite being 10.5-point underdogs. The Columbia Lions are feisty enough to get the job done here, but the Harvard Crimson have been the more consistent team overall and have shown they're more than capable of winning on the road. I need a couple more points to pull the trigger on the Lions and we're not going to see this line move much. So, I'll lay the bucket with Harvard.

Pick:
Harvard -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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