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Columbia Lions vs Pilots College Hoops Game Preview

Columbia LionsPortland Pilots
2-2November 22, 2013, 10:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center2-2

The visiting Columbia Lions hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Earle A. Chiles Center against the Portland Pilots.

Portland battles the Lions, currently sitting with a 2-2 mark (2-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-1 for the Pilots and 1-2 for the Lions.

View Columbia Lions vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Pilots as -7-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pilots rated this week at No. 235 and the Lions sitting at No. 180.

Columbia was a 70-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Texas. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. North Texas got 18 points from Vertrail Vaughns but lost anyway, 70-66, to Columbia on Thursday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

Portland was an 88-74 winner in its last match at home against Idaho. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Thomas van der Mars scored 15 points leading the Pilots to an 88-74 victory over Idaho at Earle A. Chiles Center on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 59-ranked offense, averaging 82 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 51 at 63.25 PPG. The Pilots field goal percentage has averaged 45.38% so far, less than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.39% per game.

A few Lions at Pilots trends to consider:
Columbia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Columbia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
Portland is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Columbia at Idaho, Saturday, November 23rd
Portland at North Texas, Saturday, November 23rd