Looking to win big? The Lions and Big Red face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Big Red are hosting the game at Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 163.5 points, and the Big Red are favored to win at home against the Lions.


The Pick: Columbia Lions +12

This game will be played at Newman Arena at 6:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Big Red.
  • Even though we have Cornell winning straight-up, we like Columbia at +12.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 163.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Columbia Have A Chance at Newman Arena?

So far this season, Columbia has gone 9-4, including a 9-4 mark in non-conference games. The Lions have been much better at home, going 4-1 compared to 2-3 on the road.

As the underdog, Columbia has gone 2-3, while they are 4-1 when favored. In their last game, the Lions lost to Fordham by a score of 87-78.

As the underdog this season, Columbia has gone 2-3 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 2-3 and their last 10 road ATS mark is 4-6. Overall, the Lions are 5-5 vs. the spread this year.

This season, the over/under record for Columbia is 5-4-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 148.3 points. Today’s over/under line of 163.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (147.4).

The Lions’ offense finished with 78 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 81.8 points per contest. On the offensive front, the Lions have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, ranking 80th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 60th in terms of percentage and 77th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Lions’ defense is positioned 93rd in the country, permitting 67.6 points per game. The Columbia defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 87 points and allowed Fordham to connect on 11 threes.

Can the Big Red Please their Home Crowd?

After a tough loss to Baylor, Cornell will look to get back on track as they host Columbia. The Big Red have been dominant at home this season, going 3-0, and they have won their last three games at home. On the year, Cornell is 10-3, including a perfect 8-0 record when favored.

So far, the Big Red have been favored in 8 of their 13 games, and they have gone 8-0 in those contests. Over their last 10 games at home, Cornell has gone 8-2, and they have an average scoring margin of +11.7 points per game at home.

Overall, Cornell has an ATS record of 5-7 this season, including a mark of 2-1 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Big Red have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, Cornell’s over/under record is 8-4, and today’s line of 163.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (156.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 164 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-3.

Compared to their season average of 84.2 points per game, Cornell struggled in their previous game. Against Baylor, the Big Red scored 79 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.2%. Offensively, the Big Red hold a season-long field goal percentage of 50%, placing them 25th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 208th in terms of percentage and 44th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Cornell defense is giving up an average of 78.3 points per contest. Cornell’s three-point defense is currently 167th in the country at 8.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.7% of their shots vs. Cornell.