Planning on watching today’s Sharks and Lions game? Catch the action at Levien Gymnasium in New York, NY, as the Lions hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 153 points, with the Lions being the favored team playing at home against the Sharks.
LIU SHARKS VS COLUMBIA LIONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: LIU Sharks +12.5
This game will be played at Levien Gymnasium at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, November 21st.
WHY BET THE LIU SHARKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Lions.
- Even though we have Columbia winning straight-up, we like LIU at +12.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
No Pressure for LIU as Away Dogs
So far this season, LIU has played three games, all of which were away from home. The Sharks have yet to win a game, currently holding a 0-3 record. Heading into their game against Columbia, LIU has a 0-3 ATS record. Over the last three games, the Sharks have gone 1-2 vs. the spread with an average scoring margin of -21.
Looking at their over/under performance through three games, LIU has an over/under record of 1-2-0, with their games averaging 142 points per game on average. When analyzing the Sharks’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 62 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.
Most recently, the LIU offense finished with just 58 points vs. UCLA. For the game, they hit 6/19 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 35.3%. Terell Strickland is leading the team in scoring at 13 points per contest. R.J. Greene has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 11.3 going into the game.
Looking at the LIU defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 82.7 points per game (182nd). LIU’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the UCLA offense to knock down 55% of their shots on their way to putting up 78 points.
Will the Lions Live Up to Expectations at Home?
Columbia has a 1-2 record so far this season. Looking back at their previous five home games, Columbia has a 1-4 record. Entering today’s game, Columbia has a 1-2 ATS record. Looking at the team’s performance dating back to last year, their last three games have resulted in an ATS record of 0-1, with an average scoring margin of +18.
Up to this point, games involving Columbia have had an average of 147 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 146.3 points. Their over/under record is 2-1-0. Over the course of the last five games, the Lions’ games have averaged 82 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-1.
Coming off a good offensive performance, Columbia’s offense scored 78 points against Temple. Their field goal percentage for the game was 49.1%, and they went 12/17 from the free-throw line. For the season, the Columbia offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 46%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8 made three’s per contest.
The Lions’ defense is presently ranked 53rd nationally, allowing an average of 65.0 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Columbia defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Temple knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 73 points.