Cornell vs. Columbia - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbia Lions (6-11) at Cornell Big Red (3-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Newman Arena at Bartels Hall)
The Line: Cornell Big Red -1 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Columbia Lions and the Cornell Big Red meet in college basketball action from the Newman Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Columbia Lions will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 75-61 win over the same Cornell Big Red in their last outing. Jack Forrest led the Lions with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting with 3 threes while Mike Smith added 15 points with team-highs of 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Tai Bibbs added 12 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Columbia in the winning effort. Smith leads Columbia in scoring and assists with an average of 21 points and 4.6 assists per game while Randy Brumant leads the Lions in rebounding with 6.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Columbia is averaging 67.8 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.
The Cornell Big Red will look to bounce back after their loss to Columbia as previously mentioned. Terrance McBride led the Big Red with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Jimmy Boeheim added 14 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Cornell in the losing effort. Jimmy Boeheim leads Cornell in scoring and rebounding with 18.7 points and 6 rebounds per game while Josh Warren leads the Big Red in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Cornell is averaging 67.1 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 27.7% from behind the 3-point line and 71.5% from the foul line this season.
Columbia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record. Cornell is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a loss. The road team is 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings between these two teams.
It can be hard to beat the same team back-to-back, especially when the second half of the matchup is on the road. However, Cornell has lost 11 straight games against D-I opposition, as their last two wins came against subdivision opponents. Columbia is far from a world-beater and the Lions have only won once on the road, but until Cornell shows signs of life, I’m backing Columbia to make it two road wins this year with a cover and victory in this one.