Cornell vs Columbia Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Columbia (13-13) vs Cornell (21-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Francis S. Levien Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: Columbia +6.5 - Over/Under: 164.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cornell Big Red will head down to NYC to face the Columbia Lions in Ivy League play third Saturday from the Levine Gymnasium on ESPN +. Cornell comes in as 6.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 164.5. Stay tuned for our Cornell vs Columbia Prediction. 

Cornell Big Red Rundown

Cornell enters at 21-6 after losing to Princeton in Jersey by two, 79-77. The Big Red couldn’t hold off the hosting Tigers, and they’ll look to bounce back quickly here in The City. Cornell is scoring 82.4 points per game, on 49.2% shooting, while allowing 78.4 ppg, and they’re currently second in the Ivy League with a 10-2 record in conference play. 

Cornell’s X-Factors 

  • Veteran guard Chris Manon came thru with a game-high 25 points in the Dartmouth victory,  and he leads Cornell in scoring (12.6), while grabbing 4.0 rpg.
  • Third-year guard Nazir Williams has scored 14 points or more in four of the last five games,  and he’s second on the team at 11.2 ppg. 
  • Junior forward Guy Ragland Jr. leads the Big Red in rebounding (5.0), while scoring 8.8 ppg.  

Columbia Lions Rundown

Columbia comes in at 13-13 after falling to Penn in Philly, 84-72. The Lions were unable to overcome a slow start, and they’ll attempt to jump back over .500 here against the Big Red. Columbia is scoring 81.6 points per game, on 47.9% shooting, while allowing 69.3 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Ivy League with a 0-1 record in conference play. 

Columbia’s X-Factors

  • Leading scorer Geronimo Rubio de la Rosa (13.3 ppg) missed the conference opener, there’s a chance he misses this contest as well.  
  • Sophomore guard Avery Brown stepped up with a team-high 17 points versus Cornell, and he’s now up to 12.1 ppg.
  • NYC native Blair Thompson has scored 12 points or more in three of the last five games, and he leads the Lions in rebounding (6.1), while scoring 10.2 ppg.   

Cornell vs Columbia Trends

  • COR is 13-11 against the spread, with a 8-13-3 over/under record
  • The Big Red are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’re 10-3 on the road this season. 
  • COL is 10-18 against the spread, with a 14-12 O/U record
  • The Lions are 2-8 over their previous ten games, and they’re 9-5 in Philly this season. 

Cornell vs Columbia Prediction

Cornell’s not out of the title race yet, so while a win here may only keep them alive versus winning the league, we should see another strong outing for the hosts. The Big Red have been the team to beat in the conference throughout the campaign, and I like rolling them in this bounce back spot. Sway Cornell’s way for this Patriot League matchup.

Corey’s Pick Cornell TO COVER

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