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Rutgers vs. Columbia - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbia Lions (3-7) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -13 -- Over/Under: 137.5
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The Columbia Lions and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in college basketball action from the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Columbia Lions will be looking to bounce back after a 82-73 loss to Boston College in their last outing. Patrick Tape led the Lions with 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting while Quinton Adlesh and Randy Brumant each had 16 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Columbia in the win, with Brumant pulling down a team-high 9 rebounds while Adlesh hit 4 threes in the win. Gabe Stefanini fell one point shy of a double-double with 9 points to go along with his team-leading 11 assists in the winning effort. Stefanini still leads Columbia with an average of 14.9 points and 3.6 assists per game while Brumant leads the Lions in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 78.5 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 37.9% from behind the arc and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 72-66 loss to Seton Hall in their last outing. Peter Kiss led the Scarlet Knights with 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes while Eugene Omoruyi added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals and Geo Baker added 14 points with 3 triples and a team-high 5 assists to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Rutgers in the loss. Shaquille Doorson added a team-high 12 rebounds while Myles Johnson pulled down 9 boards as well in the losing effort. Omoruyi leads Rutgers with an average of 15.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while Baker leads the Scarlet Knights in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 69.1 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 60.9% from the foul line this season.

Columbia is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games overall. Rutgers is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 games against the Ivy League.

I know Rutgers is the team in the stronger conference here and is probably the better team between the two. However, I’m not laying this many points with Rutgers while they’re on this current losing skid. Columbia is arguably the better team offensively and aren’t scared to go on the road and play opponents tough, just ask Boston College. Rutgers probably rights the ship with a win in this game, but I can’t see it being by double digits, so I’ll side with Columbia and the points in this one.

Pick:
Columbia +13

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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