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

Game
Columbia at Cornell
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 1:30 PM (EST)
Location
Newman Arena at Bartels Hall
Ithaca, NY
The Line
Cornell Big Red -2 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Columbia Lions and the Cornell Big Red meet in Ivy League college basketball action from Newman Arena at Bartels Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The Columbia Lions will look to build on back-to-back wins following a 102-63 win over subdivision Elmira in their last outing. Quinton Adlesh led the Lions with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and 4 assists while Patrick Tape added 14 points to match his 14 rebounds with 3 blocks for the double-double. Jake Killingsworth added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Columbia as well in the winning effort. Adlesh leads Columbia in scoring with 13.3 points per game while Randy Brumant leads the Lions in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and Gabe Stefanini leads Columbia in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 76.5 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 38% from 3-point range and 74.6% from the foul line this season.

The Cornell Big Red will also be looking to build on back-to-back wins after an 86-74 win over Towson in their last outing. Matt Morgan led the Big Red with 38 points on 13 of 19 shooting with 9 threes and 4 assists while Josh Warren added 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a team-high 5 assists and 3 blocks. Jimmy Boeheim added 14 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Cornell in the win, while Steven Julian added 5 points and a pair of blocks with a team-high 11 rebounds as well in the victory. Morgan leads the Big Red in scoring with 23.6 points per game while Julian leads Cornell in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and Warren leads Cornell in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Cornell is averaging 69.6 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the 3-point line and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

Columbia is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a win while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Cornell is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. Columbia is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Cornell.

Cornell has been doing a good job of beating the teams that they’re supposed to beat, so laying a bucket with the Big Red at home doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. However, the Lions are the better team offensively here, and are scoring 6.9 points per game more than Cornell this season. There’s also the fact that Columbia hasn’t been afraid to go on the road and get the job done in the Big Red’s backyard, so I’ll take the free points with Columbia in a game I see the Lions winning outright.

Pick:
Columbia +2

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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