Columbia vs. Harvard - 2/28/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Harvard Crimson (18-7) at Columbia (6-20)
College Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Francis S. Levien Gymnasium)
The Line: Columbia +7 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Harvard Crimson (18-7, CONF 7-3) and Columbia Lions (6-20, CONF 1-9) face off in an Ivy League showdown at the Levien Gymnasium. It took overtime, but Harvard knocked off Columbia 77-73 earlier this season.
Harvard currently sits tied for second in the Ivy League standings only one game behind the Yale Bulldogs. Coming into this game Harvard has won four games in a row but in the last three games they have failed to cover the spread.
Harvard has a perfect record at home, and on the road they haven’t been that bad either sitting with a 7-3 record.
Away from home Harvard is averaging 74.9 points per game while the defense is giving up 72 points. Harvard’s leading scorer Bryce Aiken is still out with a foot injury, but other guys have stepped up. Guard Noah Kirkwood is having a lot of success averaging 12.5 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field.
The Columbia Lions have really struggled this season and coming into this game they have lost nine games in a row. The defense hasn’t been terrible for the Lions but coming into this game the offense hasn’t been good enough.
Overall this season Columbia is averaging 66.1 points per game, and at home that number only jumps to 69.4 points.
The first game against Harvard this season, Columbia had success scoring 73 points and in this game it’s going to be important the offense is good again.
The Lions offense is a one-man show led by Mike Smith who is averaging 22.2 points while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. If Columbia wants to win this game, Smith is probably going to have to score at least 30 points.
The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Columbia between the Crimson and Lions. Harvard is 2-9 against the spread in the last 11 games overall. Columbia is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine games played on Friday. Harvard is 3-13-1 against the spread in the last 17 meetings against Columbia.
Columbia gave Harvard everything they could handle earlier this season and it’s going to happen again. Look for Columbia’s offense to have success, which will be enough to lead to a cover of the spread.