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Cornell vs Columbia Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Big Red vs Lions Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Cornell Big Red at Columbia Lions
  • Where: New York at Levien Gymnasium
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: Cornell -12.5, CORNEL -934 | COLMB +587 O/U 146.5

Big Red Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Columbia, the Cornell Big Red will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 13-4. So far, the Big Red have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 5-3. This season, Cornell has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1. For today’s contest, Cornell has a betting line set -12.5 points in their favor.

Cornell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Greg Dolan who is averaging 13.41 points per game for the Big Red. Dolan is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Big Red’s offensive game plan is the play of Nazir Williams who has hit 46.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.53 points per game.

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Cornell comes into today’s matchup vs Columbia, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.2 points per game. Through 17 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Big Red have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 241st in possessions per game.

Lions Preview:

Columbia heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-13. So far this season, Columbia has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-6. For the season, Columbia has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 3-13. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Lions being +12.5 point underdogs.

Columbia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa who is averaging 12.47 points per game for the Lions. Rosa is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Lions’ offensive game plan is the play of Avery Brown who has hit 37.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.21 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Columbia will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Lions are ranked 317th at 67.4 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 302nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Columbia is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.

Free Spread Prediction: Columbia Lions +12.5

Our analysis of the Columbia Lions vs Cornell Big Red game indicates that Columbia will cover the spread as +12.5 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving Columbia an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Lions have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, Columbia won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the Columbia Lions at +12.5.

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