The Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (8-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they go head-to-head with the Columbia Lions (3-5) at Bob Carpenter Center Acierno Arena. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 2, 2019.
Columbia Lions at Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens ATS Preview
The Lions were victorious over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their last game, 68-64. Mike Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Columbia dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.127 (above their season average of 0.096) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.555 (above their season average of 0.468). Lehigh was 0.016 and 0.508, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ previous matchup, they blew out the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 75-56. Justyn Mutts led the way for Delaware, putting up 22 points and 16 rebounds. Delaware dominated nearly every facet of the contest. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.423 (above their season average of 0.153) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.510 (below their season average of 0.565). For those same stats, Maryland Eastern Shore had marks of 0.076 and 0.386, respectively.
The Fightin’ Blue Hens won the lone game against the Lions last season, 87-86. The Fightin’ Blue Hens played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.190 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1. The Lions were 0.129 and 30.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Delaware appears to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. Dating back to last season, the Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 71st in offensive efficiency, while the Lions rank 172nd in defensive efficiency.
Columbia vs. Delaware Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Columbia, ATS Winner – Columbia, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Lions rank 106th in three pointers attempted per game (23.8) while the Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 178th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
Columbia ranks 182nd in blocks per game (3.0) while Delaware ranks 236th (2.5).
Columbia ranks 77th in steals per game (7.2) while Delaware ranks 283rd (4.8).
The Lions average 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 52nd in the nation. The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 156th in assists allowed per game (12.9).
Delaware ranks 141st in rebounds allowed per game (34.4) while Columbia ranks 238th (36.3).