NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Big Red underdogs vs Lions at Columbia

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Jan 26, 7:00 PM | Levien Gym

Cornell Big Red vs Columbia Lions Odds

8-10TEAM RECORD9-6

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Cornell when they take on the Columbia Lions on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Lions sport records of 9-6 and 4-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Big Red have 8-10 and 3-6-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-1 for the Lions and 1-3 for the Big Red.

View Cornell vs Columbia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Columbia Lions as 9.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lions sit at No. 243 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Big Red sit at No. 311 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Lions will win this game 71-62.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Columbia has the nation's No. 215-rated offensive output, at 65.9 PPG. The visiting Big Red defense ranks No. 248 allowing on average 69.7 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 43.7% so far, more than the Big Red marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cornell owns the country's No. 193-rated mark, allowing 70.6 points per game on the highway. Columbia, on the other hand, rates No. 256 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Cornell, they were a 67-58 loser as they battled Columbia at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Big Red endured a 67-58 loss at the hands of the Lions on Saturday, despite a 13-point effort from Shonn Miller at Newman Arena.

Columbia won its last outing, a 67-58 result against Cornell on January 19. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. Columbia got 18 points from Mark Cisco en route to a 67-58 victory over Cornell on Saturday at Newman Arena.

Cornell Big Red Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Princeton are 8-2
After playing Columbia are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Columbia Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pennsylvania are 3-7
After playing Cornell are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Big Red at Lions trends to consider:
Cornell is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Columbia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cornell's last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbia
Cornell is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbia's last 7 games when playing Cornell
Columbia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Columbia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cornell
Columbia is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Cornell at Princeton, Friday, February 1
Columbia at Pennsylvania, Friday, February 1

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