Columbia vs. Yale - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbia vs. Yale - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Yale Bulldogs (18-6) at Columbia Lions (6-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Francis S. Levien Gymnasium)

The Line: Columbia Lions -11 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Yale Bulldogs are travelling to Levien Gymnasium in New York, NY to take on the Columbia Lions this Saturday in an Ivy League showdown, tipping off at 7:00 EST,

The Yale Bulldogs won their last game, improving to 19-6 (7-2 Ivy League) on the season by defeating the Cornell Big Red, 81-80, in a double OT thriller.  Tied at 60-60, the Bulldogs fought on into the the extra period and met the Big Red even at 69-69. It took an August Mahoney layup in the final seconds to seal the deal for Yale.  The Bulldogs shot 46.2% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. A triple-double from Jordan Brumner led the way as he had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal.

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On the season, Yale has averaged 67.0 points per game on an 41.6% shooting from the field.  The Bulldogs have also netted 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc.  Paul Atkinson (17.5ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), Azar Swain (16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg 1.9 apg) and Jordan Bruner (11.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.5 apg) have led the way on offense for Yale,

Defensively, Yale is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field.  The Bulldogs are grabbing 5.5 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.4 on the season.

The Columbia Lions have lost 8 games in a row, dropping to 6-19 (1-8 Ivy League) after being defeated by the Brown Bears, 72-66, this past Friday.  Columbia held a lead at halftime but saw it slowly dwindle in the final minutes as Brown pulled away with the victory. The Lions shot 46.4% from the field and 31.6% from three-point range. Mike Smith led the way for Columbia with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

On the season, Columbia is averaging 67.0 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field.  The Lions are also averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc.  Mike Smith (21.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.6 apg) and Jack Forrest (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) have been the offensive leaders for Columbia this season.

On defense, Columbia is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 points per game on 44.3% shooting per game.  The Lions are grabbing 5.5 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.4.

Yale is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games and 9-5 ATS on the road this season.  Columbia is 7-13 ATS in their past 20 games and 2-6 ATS at home.

I think Yale adds to Columbia's strggules of late and has no problem covering this high spread on the road.  I'm laying the points, taking Yale to cover.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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