Check out our free Penn vs Columbia pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in New York. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Penn vs Columbia Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Quakers vs Lions Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Penn Quakers at Columbia Lions
- Where: New York at Levien Gymnasium
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Penn -7, PENN -317 | COLMB +245 O/U 143.5
Penn heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-8. So far, the Quakers have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. This season, Penn has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2. For today’s contest, Penn has a betting line set -7 points in their favor.
Penn will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Dingle who is averaging 23.57 points per game for the Quakers. Dingle 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 Quakers’ offensive game plan is the play of Clark Slajchert who has hit 49.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 17.77 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn this season, as they are currently ranked 170th in college basketball at 72.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Quakers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 285th in the NCAA.
The Columbia Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 6-11. So far this season, Columbia has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-5. For the season, Columbia has been the underdog in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 3-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Lions being +7 point underdogs.
Columbia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa who is averaging 12.29 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 38.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.65 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: Penn Quakers -7
If you are eying this matchup between Columbia Lions and Penn Quakers as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Penn to cover the spread as -7 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Penn shooting well enough to keep the Lions at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Quakers’ to win the game and cover the spread.