Planning on watching today’s Lions and Tigers game? Catch the action at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, NJ, as the Tigers hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. This Ivy League conference matchup has an over/under of 143.5 points, and Princeton is favored to win by -13 at home vs. Columbia.

COLUMBIA LIONS VS PRINCETON TIGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbia Lions +13

This game will be played at Jadwin Gymnasium at 8:00 ET on Friday, March 1st.

WHY BET THE COLUMBIA LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Tigers.
  • Even though we have Princeton winning straight-up, we like Columbia at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Lions Have a Shot at a Win at Princeton?

After losing their last game to Yale by a score of 84-76, Columbia comes into this game with a record of 13-11. Over their last ten games, they have gone 4-6. So far this season, the Lions have gone 4-6 on the road, and they are currently on a two-game road winning streak.

As the underdog, Columbia has gone 4-8 this season, and they have been the underdog in 12 of their 24 games. They are 9-4 in non-conference games, compared to 4-7 in Ivy League matchups. So far, they have gone 6-5 at home and 13-11 overall.

As the underdog this season, Columbia is 6-6 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 5-5 and their last 3 road games vs. the spread is 3-0. Overall, the Lions are 10-10-1 ATS this year.

So far this season, the over/under record in Columbia games is 12-8-1. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (147). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

The Columbia offense is coming off a game where they scored 76 points against Yale. They posted a field goal percentage of 54.3% and connected on 9 threes. The top scorer for the Lions was Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa with 23 points, while Zavian McLean also chipped in with 16 points.

At this time, the Lions’ defense is positioned 121st in the country, permitting 70.4 points per game. Columbia’s three-point defense is currently 129th in the country at 7.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.9% of their shots vs. Columbia.

Will Princeton Make it Happen at Home?

Princeton enters this game as the heavy favorite, as they have been favored in 17 of their 24 games this season. So far, the Tigers have gone 16-1 when favored. At home, Princeton is a perfect 8-0 this season, and their average margin of victory at home is +12.8 points per game.

Overall, Princeton has been dominant, going 21-3. They have won their last six games, and their record in Ivy League play is 9-2. In their last game, the Tigers defeated Dartmouth by a score of 68-56. Over their last 10 games at home, Princeton is a perfect 10-0.

As the favorite this season, Princeton has gone 9-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers are 5-5 vs. the spread, and they are 5-3 this season at home vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Princeton games is 7-14-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 139.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (140.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 126 points, and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3.

In their latest game, Princeton offense put up 68 points against Dartmouth. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.3% and made 10 threes. Caden Pierce was the leading scorer for the Tigers, putting up 22 points. In addition, Xaivian Lee contributed 14 points.

At this time, the Tigers’ defense is positioned 15th in the country, permitting 63.7 points per game. Princeton’s three-point defense is currently 87th in the country at 6.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.2% of their shots vs. Princeton.