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Columbia Lions visit Pennsylvania Quakers in college basketball clash

Columbia LionsPennsylvania Quakers
14-8February 08, 2014, 07:00 | Palestra5-13

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Palestra Saturday as host Pennsylvania looks to handle the Columbia Lions in NCAA hoops action.

Pennsylvania will face the 14-8 Lions, who own a 7-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Quakers are 6-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lions are 2-9 favoring the OVER.

View Columbia Lions vs Pennsylvania Quakers Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 313-ranked Quakers and the No. 139-rated Lions in this matchup.

In their last action, Columbia was a 53-52 winner on the road against Princeton. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. Columbia earned a 53-52 victory over Princeton on Friday, getting 19 points from Alex Rosenberg at Jadwin Gymnasium.

In their last action, Pennsylvania was a 90-83 winner at home against Cornell. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Tony Hicks scored 27 points for Pennsylvania on Friday, leading the Quakers to a 90-83 win over Cornell at Palestra.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pennsylvania's No. 155-ranked offense, averaging 71 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 17 at 61.68 PPG. The Quakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.91% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.79% per game.

A few Lions at Quakers trends to consider:
Columbia is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Columbia is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Columbia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pennsylvania
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbia's last 7 games when playing Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
Pennsylvania is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games at home
Pennsylvania is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pennsylvania's last 7 games when playing Columbia

Next up:
Columbia home to Harvard, Friday, February 14th
Pennsylvania at Yale, Friday, February 14th