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Princeton vs. Columbia - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbia at Princeton
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jadwin Gymnasium
Princeton, New Jersey.
The Line
The Line: Princeton -7 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Columbia Lions and Princeton Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Jadwin Gymnasium.

The Columbia Lions look for a victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Columbia Lions are averaging 73 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Mike Smith is averaging 15.8 points and five assists while Quinton Adlesh is averaging 14.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. Gabe Stefanini is the third double-digit scorer and Patrick Tape is dishing 1.1 assists. The Columbia Lions are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Columbia Lions are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The Columbia Lions have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Princeton Tigers look for a victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Princeton Tigers are averaging 69.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Devin Cannady is averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while Myles Stephens is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Richmond Aririguzoh is the third double-digit scorer and Jaelin Llewellyn is grabbing three rebounds. The Princeton Tigers are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Princeton Tigers are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Princeton Tigers have won four of their last five home games.

The Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games. The Tigers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Ivy League and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lions are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Princeton and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Tigers last 9 overall. The over is 7-3 in Lions last 10 Saturday games.

These are two teams heading in completely different directions and Princeton already beat Columbia on the road this season by 12 points. Princeton has won nine of the last 10 meetings against Columbia and five of those victories have been won by double digits. The Princeton Tigers haven't been great at covering numbers, especially at home lately, but I can't get behind a Columbia team that's piling up the losses and getting worse defensively. It's Princeton or pass. 

Pick:
Princeton -7

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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