The Harvard Crimson (15-7, 4-3 Ivy) welcome the Columbia Lions (6-17, 1-6 Ivy) to Lavietes Pavilion. The Lions can snap a nine-game road losing streak. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Columbia Lions vs. Harvard Crimson ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the Crimson dismantled the Cornell Big Red, 85-63, while the Lions lost a winnable game to the Dartmouth Big Green, 65-63.
The Crimson held the Big Red to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.9 (below their season average of 27.6) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.524). Columbia, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (16-16; 100.0 percent). Chris Ledlum played well for Harvard with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Columbia was lifted by Mike Smith, who finished with 18 points.
The Crimson dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent contest, Harvard won 83-81. Harvard did a great job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (26-28; 92.9 percent). Columbia, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (18.2 vs. 20.4). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Harvard should have a considerable edge. The upper-echelon Crimson offense ranks 67th in the country in that metric at 0.528, while the Columbia defense is ranked 258th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.508).
Columbia Lions at Harvard Crimson Odds Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Harvard, O/U – Over
- Harvard ranks 82nd in rebounds per game (37.3) while Columbia ranks 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
- The Crimson average 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. The Lions rank 152nd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- Harvard ranks 46th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Columbia ranks 151st (13.0).
- During their last five games, the Crimson have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (1.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (4.6 above their season average).
- The Lions’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 4.0 for the season.