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Pennsylvania Quakers take on Lions in college basketball test

Pennsylvania QuakersColumbia Lions
Jan 13, 7:00 PM | Levien Gym

Pennsylvania Quakers vs Columbia Lions Odds

7-9TEAM RECORD11-5

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Levien Gym Friday as host Columbia looks to handle the Pennsylvania Quakers in NCAAB action.

The Quakers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 7-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Lions are 5-2 ATS. Pennsylvania is 8-4 on the totals; Columbia is 1-6.

View Pennsylvania vs Columbia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lions sit at No. 85 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Quakers sit at No. 270 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Lions will win this game 72-63.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbia's No. 227 nationally ranked offense (65.7 points per game) against a Quakers defense that sits as the No. 239 at 69.6 PPG. The Lions have been averaging 41.9% from the field, less than the Quakers have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).

Defensively, Pennsylvania features the nation's No. 186-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.4 points per game. Columbia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 225 nationally in scoring at home.

Pennsylvania lost its last outing, a 68-57 result against La Salle on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. The Quakers endured a 68-57 loss at the hands of the Explorers on Tuesday, despite a 14-point effort from Fran Dougherty at The Palestra.

Last time out for Columbia, they were a 65-60 winner as they battled Elon on the road. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. Brian Barbour scored 20 points leading the Lions to a 65-60 victory over Elon at Alumni Gym on Sunday.

Pennsylvania Quakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cornell are 4-6
After playing La Salle are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Columbia Lions Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Princeton are 4-6
After playing Elon are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Quakers at Lions trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pennsylvania's last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbia
Pennsylvania is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Columbia
Pennsylvania is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbia
Pennsylvania is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbia's last 5 games when playing at home against Pennsylvania
Columbia is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbia's last 5 games when playing Pennsylvania

Next up:
Pennsylvania at Cornell, Saturday, January 14
Columbia home to Princeton, Saturday, January 14

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