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Columbia vs. Yale - 2/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Yale at Columbia
Date & Time Friday February 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Francis S. Levien Gymnasium
New York, NY
The Line
Yale Bulldogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5
TV Channel
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The Yale Bulldogs and the Columbia Lions meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Francis S. Levien Coliseum on Friday night.

The Yale Bulldogs will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 78-65 win over Penn last time out. Miye Oni led the Bulldogs with 21 points along with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists with a pair of blocks while Alex Copeland added 15 points with 5 assists of his own. Blake Reynolds chipped in 13 points with 7 rebounds and 3 triples while Jordan Bruner added 12 points along with 7 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Yale in the winning effort. Paul Atkinson added 8 points and 7 rebounds off of the bench in the victory for the Bulldogs as well. Oni leads the Bulldogs with an average of 18.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while Bruner leads Yale on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Yale is averaging 80.6 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The Columbia Lions will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after an 82-66 loss to Dartmouth in their last outing. Patrick Tape led the Lions with 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds along with a pair of blocks and a pair of steals while Quinton Adlesh and Maka Ellis each chipped in 13 points with Adlesh adding 6 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists. Tai Bibbs added 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Columbia in the losing effort. Adlesh leads Columbia in scoring with an average of 14 points per game while Randy Brumant leads the Lions in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game and Gabe Stefanini leads Columbia in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 73.9 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 36.6% from behind the 3-point line and 69.5% from the foul line this season.

Yale is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 conference games. Columbia is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 conference games. Yale is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Columbia.

Points with a home dog like Columbia are tempting, but the fact in this matchup is that Yale has flat out owned the Lions ATS for quite some time now, both overall and in Columbia’s backyard. I just like what I’ve been seeing from Yale as of late, and I think the Bulldogs keep their recent roll going with a win and cover on the road in this one.

Yale -8.5

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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