Pennsylvania vs. Columbia - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pennsylvania vs. Columbia - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Columbia Lions (6-23) at Pennsylvania Quakers (15-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Palestra)

The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -12 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbia Lions (6-23, 1-12) Ivy travel to Philadelphia, PA to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers (15-11, 7-6 Ivy) in an Ivy League match-up at The Palestra. The last time these teams played on February 8, Columbia defeated Pennsylvania 76-67 as a 5-point home favorite.

Columbia is 0-10 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games. Columbia is 0-6 straight up and 3-3 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Columbia has scored 63.9 points per game and allows 73.7 points per game to opponents, and the Lions have shot 38.8% from the field, 28% from 3 and 72.5% from the free-throw line on the road this year. 

Columbia has lost 12 consecutive games, and the Lions were beaten by Princeton in their last game 58-81 as an 11-point road underdog. Columbia is ranked 293rd by KenPom, with the 298th ranked offense and 262nd ranked defense in the nation. Columbia is led by Senior guard Mike Smith, who averages 22.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

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Pennsylvania is 6-4 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games. Pennsylvania is 4-2 both straight up and against the spread in conference home games. At home, Pennsylvania has scored 74.4 points per game and surrendered 67 points per game to opponents, and the Quakers have shot 44.6% from the field, 31.9% from 3 and 69.5% from the free-throw line in those games.

Pennsylvania has gone 3-3 in their last 6 games, and the Quakers defeated Cornell in their last game 78-64 as an 11-point home favorite. Pennsylvania is ranked 142nd by KenPom, with the 169th ranked offense and 143rd ranked defense in the country. Pennsylvania is led by Senior forward AJ Brodeur, who averages 17.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5 assists per game, Senior guard Devon Goodman, who averages 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists, and Freshman guard Jordan Dingle, who averages 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Pennsylvania is 6-4 straight up and 4-5-1 against the spread in their last 10 games against Columbia, and the under is 6-4 during that stretch. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 games for Columbia and 5-5 in the last 10 for Pennsylvania.

Columbia has been downright miserable this season, and the Lions have probably forgotten what it feels like to win. I certainly don’t expect them to remember today, but I have a hunch that the Lions find a way to cover the big number on the road. I’ll take Columbia.

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Erik’s Pick Columbia +12

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