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Columbia Lions vs Long Island Blackbirds Odds
Long Island will look to improve on its 0-4 record on Wednesday when they host Columbia in NCAA basketball odds action at Wellness Center.
Long Island battles the Lions, currently sitting with a 4-2 mark (2-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-0 for the Blackbirds and 0-0 for the Lions.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blackbirds - Lions odds would favor the Lions if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Long Island is rated No. 280 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Columbia is at No. 127. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 85-62 win for the Lions.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Long Island has the nation's No. 34-rated offensive output, at 79.2 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 55 allowing on average 58.8 PPG. The Blackbirds FG% has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.7% per game.
Defensively, Columbia features the nation's No. 72-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Long Island, meanwhile, comes in at No. 159 nationally in scoring at home.
Columbia lost its last outing, a 79-59 result against San Francisco on November 24. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Columbia was run off the court by the Dons on Saturday as San Francisco routed them 79-59 at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Long Island was a 104-75 loser in its last match on the road against Kentucky. The Blackbirds were hammered by Kentucky on Friday, losing by a 104-75 final at Rupp Arena in college basketball betting action.
Columbia Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Bucknell are 2-1
After a loss are 5-5
A few Lions at Blackbirds trends to consider:
Columbia is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Columbia home to Bucknell, Saturday, December 1
Long Island home to Lafayette, Saturday, December 1