The Columbia Lions (6-17, 1-6 Ivy) look to end a nine-game road losing streak when they clash against the Harvard Crimson (15-7, 4-3 Ivy) at Lavietes Pavilion. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Columbia Lions vs. Harvard Crimson ATS Preview
In the Lions’ last contest, they lost a close one to the Dartmouth Big Green, 65-63. Mike Smith had a good game for Columbia, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Dartmouth had a better offensive rebounding percentage (22.6 vs. 18.8). Columbia, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (16-16; 100.0 percent).
The Crimson hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Cornell Big Red in their last matchup, 85-63. Harvard was lifted by Chris Ledlum, who was the team’s leading scorer with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The Crimson held the Big Red to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.9 (below their season average of 27.6) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.524).
Harvard figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Crimson rank 67th in effective field goal percentage (0.528), while Columbia ranks 258th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.508).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Crimson won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last game, Harvard won 83-81. Harvard did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (26-28; 92.9 percent). Columbia, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (18.2 vs. 20.4).
Columbia Lions at Harvard Crimson Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Columbia, O/U – Over
Harvard averages 37.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 82nd in the country. Columbia ranks 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
The Crimson average 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. The Lions rank 152nd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Harvard ranks 46th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Columbia ranks 151st (13.0).
The Crimson’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 7.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 54.0 points per game (10.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (9.1 below their season average).