Planning on watching today’s Crimson and Lions game? Catch the action at Levien Gymnasium in New York, NY, as the Lions hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. Harvard come into this Ivy League conference matchup as the -2.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 144.5 points.

HARVARD CRIMSON VS COLUMBIA LIONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbia Lions +2.5

This game will be played at Levien Gymnasium at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBIA LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Lions.
  • Not only will Columbia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Crimson Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Harvard is 12-9 overall and 3-5 in Ivy League play. They are 4-5 on the road this season, and they have gone 7-1 when favored. The Crimson are coming off a 75-62 loss to Cornell, and they are 1-4 in their last five road games.

For the season, Harvard has an average scoring margin of -6.3 on the road compared to +2.4 at home. They will be favored by 2.5 points today, and the over/under is set at 144.5.

Harvard’s ATS record this season is 7-13, and they are 4-5 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Crimson are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Harvard this season is 12-8 and the average over/under line in their games is 143.8. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 144.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points and their OU record during that stretch is 2-1.

Harvard offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 62 points against Cornell. In that game, they made 5/18 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 32.3%. The top scorer for the Crimson was Chisom Okpara with 15 points, while Malik Mack also added 12 to the scoreboard.

In terms of defense, Harvard is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.4 points per game. In their previous game vs. Cornell, the Big Red finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 75 points vs. Harvard.

Can the Lions Secure a Win at Home?

Today, Columbia is a 2.5-point underdog against Harvard. So far this season, the Lions have gone 4-7 when they are the underdog.

At home, Columbia has a record of 6-2, and they have gone 9-1 in their last ten games at home.

As the underdog, Columbia has been a solid bet this season, going 6-5 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 10-7-1, and they are 5-2-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Lions have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record in Columbia games is 10-7-1, and today’s line of 144.5 is slightly lower than the average OU line in their games (147.2). So far, 13 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s, and their average scoring total this year is 147. Today’s OU record is 2-1 in their last three games, and over their past five games, the average scoring total is 140 points.

The Columbia offense is coming off a game in which they scored 73 points vs. Dartmouth. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.1% while connecting on 11 threes. Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa led the scoring for the Lions, contributing 25 points. Additionally, Zavian McLean chipped in with 15 points.

The Lions’ defense is presently ranked 105th nationally, allowing an average of 69.5 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Dartmouth, the Big Green finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 63 points vs. Columbia.