Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Lions and Bulldogs. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bulldogs at John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, CT. Get ready to place your bets! This Ivy League conference matchup has an over/under of 145.5 points, and the Bulldogs are favored to win at home vs. the Lions.

COLUMBIA LIONS VS YALE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbia Lions +12.5

This game will be played at John J. Lee Amphitheater at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBIA LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Yale winning straight-up, we like Columbia at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Columbia Stand a Chance on the Road?

After a loss to Cornell, Columbia’s record falls to 9-5 on the season, and they have lost two games in a row. So far, they have gone 0-1 in Ivy League play, compared to 9-4 in non-conference action. On the road, they are 2-4, and their average scoring margin is -6.7 points per game.

As an underdog, Columbia has gone 2-4, and they are 4-1 when favored. So far, they have been the underdog in six of their 14 games. The Lions’ average scoring margin at home is +9.8, and they are currently on a four-game winning streak at home.

When looking at Columbia’s ATS record this season, they are currently sitting at 5-6. On the road, they have gone 2-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Lions have a record of 4-6.

Columbia’s over/under record this season is 6-4-1, and today’s line of 145.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (149.2). So far, seven of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 168 points.

The Columbia offense is coming off a game where they scored 79 points against Cornell. They posted a field goal percentage of 50.8% and connected on 10 threes. In terms of offense, the Lions have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, putting them 68th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 44th in percentage and 66th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Lions’ defense is ranked 108th in the country at 69.3 points per contest. Columbia’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Cornell offense to knock down 54% of their shots on their way to putting up 91 points.

Do the Bulldogs Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Yale enters today’s game as the favored team, as they have been in 9 of their 16 games this season. So far, the Bulldogs are 6-3 when favored, and they come in with a record of 10-6 overall.

At home, Yale has gone 2-1, and they have been dominant at home recently, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. They are also on a three-game win streak, and they won their last game against Brown by a score of 80-70.

Yale’s ATS record this season is 6-7-1, including a mark of 1-2 at home. Over their last three home games, the Bulldogs are 0-2 vs. the spread and 5-3 in their last 10 home contests. As the favorite, Yale has gone 2-6-1 vs. the spread this year and is just 2-7-1 in their last 10 games as the favorite.

Yale’s over/under record this season sits at 9-5 and today’s over/under line of 145.5 is fairly close to the average over/under line in their games this year (142.4). So far, seven of their games have finished with more points than today’s line and their last three games have averaged 145 points.

Yale’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 80 points vs. Brown. Overall, they hit 51.7% of their shots from the field and went 13/15 from the free-throw line. Bez Mbeng is leading the team in scoring at 13.7 points per contest. Danny Wolf has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.1 going into the game.

Currently, the Bulldogs’ defense holds the 88th rank in the nation, allowing 67.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Yale’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.1% this season.