The Colgate Raiders (2-2) will be at home in Cotterell Court when they meet the Columbia Lions (1-3). Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
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In the Lions last outing, they lost to the Army West Point Black Knights, 88-78. Lukas Meisner put together a good performance for Columbia, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Army West Point had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.615 vs. 0.471). Columbia, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 19.1).
The Raiders are trying to rebound after their 83-79 loss to the Boston College Eagles in their last contest. With 11 points and 12 rebounds, Dana Batt played well for Colgate. Boston College did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (22-30; 73.3 percent). Colgate, on the other hand, forced the Eagles into a turnover percentage of 20.0 (above their season average of 14.5).
This has potential to be a sloppy game for the offense of Colgate. Since the 2016-17 season, Colgate ranks 323rd in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.5 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Columbia has forced the 98th-most turnovers in the nation (20.1 percent). Additionally, put-back points figure to be rare for the Lions. They rank 259th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 27.4 percent, while the Raiders have been 41st-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 74.3 percent).
The Lions won the sole contest against the Raiders last season, 81-78. Columbia had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (25.7 vs. 17.1). Colgate, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.288 vs. 0.270).
Columbia Lions vs. Colgate Raiders Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Columbia, ATS Winner – Columbia, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Raiders rank 158th in assists allowed per game (13.2) while the Lions rank 286th (15.4).
- Columbia ranks 197th in blocks per game (2.9) while Colgate ranks 234th (2.6).
- Colgate ranks 66th in three pointers attempted per game (23.8) while Columbia ranks 303rd in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
- The Raiders rank 79th in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while the Lions rank 261st (37.5).
- Columbia ranks 99th in steals per game (6.7) while Colgate ranks 258th in steals allowed per game (7.3).