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Pennsylvania vs. Columbia - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbia Lions (3-10) at Pennsylvania Quakers (10-5)
Date & Time Saturday January 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -9 -- Over/Under: 148.5
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NCAA BB | Columbia Lions (3-10) at Pennsylvania Quakers (10-5)
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The Columbia Lions and Penn Quakers meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Palestra.

The Columbia Lions need a win here to rebound from a rough 3-10 record. The Columbia Lions are averaging 73.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Mike Smith is averaging 18.1 points and 4.8 assists while Kyle Castlin is averaging 11.3 points and 2.3 assists. Lukas Meisner is the third double-digit scorer and Quinton Adlesh is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Columbia Lions are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Columbia Lions are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Columbia Lions have lost six straight road games.

The Penn Quakers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Penn Quakers are averaging 77.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Ryan Betley is averaging 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while AJ Brodeur is averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 assists. Darnell Foreman is the third double-digit scorer and Max Rothschild is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Penn Quakers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free throw line. The Penn Quakers are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Penn Quakers have won four of their last six home games.

The Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Quakers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pennsylvania, the home team is 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 17-5-1 in the last 23 meetings.

Neither of these teams have been good against the spread this season, but Penn is the much better offensive team and the Columbia Lions have been awful on the road. The home team has also won nine of the last 10 meetings between these two clubs, and most of those games weren't even that close. Give me the Pennsylvania Quakers by double digits.

Pick:
Pennsylvania Quakers -9

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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