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Penn vs. Columbia - 2/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbia at Penn
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Penn Quakers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Columbia Lions and the Penn Quakers meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Palestra on Friday night.

The Columbia Lions come into this game looking to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 65-63 loss to Brown last time out. Gabe Stefanini led the Lions with 16 points along with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Peter Barba added 12 points coming off of 4 threes. Quinton Adlesh added 10 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Columbia in the loss while Patrick Tape added 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Adlesh leads Columbia in scoring with 14.2 points per game while Tape leads the Lions in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game and Stefanini leads Columbia in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 73 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 70.6% from the foul line this season.

The Penn Quakers will be looking to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 75-68 overtime loss to Harvard last time out. AJ Brodeur led the Quakers with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting with a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Devon Goodman came right behind with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 4 threes. Antonio Woods added 10 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Penn in the losing effort. Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 17 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 74.8 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 63.6% from the foul line this season.

Columbia is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a home winning percentage better than .600 while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Penn is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

Home court has made a lot of the difference in this matchup, covering in 9 of the last 13 meetings with a push. However, while Penn has struggled with consistency and the thing that Columbia has done consistently as of late is lose, it’s not like these games have been blowouts. The first meeting this season between Penn and Columbia was decided by 2 points, and Penn has only won by double-digits twice in their last 14 games. I think Penn wins this but I think Columbia can battle and keep it close, so I’ll take the Lions and the points in this one.

Pick:
Columbia +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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