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Princeton vs Columbia Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds
Tigers vs Lions Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Princeton Tigers at Columbia Lions
- Where: New York at Levien Gymnasium
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds: Princeton -10.5, PRNCE -629 | COLMB +437 O/U 138.5
Through 14 games, the Princeton Tigers have an overall record of 10-4. So far, the Tigers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. This season, Princeton has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 8-3. For today’s contest, Princeton have a betting line set -10.5 points in their favor.
Princeton will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ryan Langborg who is averaging 12.64 points per game for the Tigers. Langborg 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 Tigers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tosan Evbuomwan who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.36 points per game.
Through 14 games, Princeton has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.9 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Tigers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.8% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 10.97 made 3’s per contest.
Columbia heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-10. So far this season, Columbia has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-4. For the season, Columbia has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 3-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Lions being +10.5 point underdogs.
Columbia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa who is averaging 12.75 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 gameplan is the play of Avery Brown who has hit 40.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.81 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 +10.5
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Columbia Lions to cover as +10.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Columbia and Princeton come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Lions and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their home floor.