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Cornell Big Red vs Columbia Lions Preview

Columbia LionsCornell Big Red
12-6January 25, 2014, 12:00 | Newman Arena1-14

A key college battle sees the visiting Columbia Lions travelling to Cornell Saturday to take on the Big Red.

The Lions will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Big Red are 5-3 ATS. Columbia is 1-6 against the total, while Cornell is 3-5 versus the number.

View Columbia Lions vs Cornell Big Red Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Big Red in this one found them listed as 10-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Lions was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Big Red at No. 336 and the Lions at No. 113 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Columbia was a 71-61 winner at home against Cornell. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Alex Rosenberg scored 20 points leading the Lions to a 71-61 victory over Cornell at Levien Gym on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cornell's No. 232-ranked scoring average of 65.87 PPG, against a Lions defense rated No. 20 and allowing 61.89 PPG. The Big Red FG% has averaged 42% to date this season, less than the Lions shooters have managed so far (45.31% per game).

A few Lions at Big Red trends to consider:
Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Columbia is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Columbia is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Cornell
Columbia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cornell
Cornell is 1-20 SU in its last 21 games
Cornell is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games at home
Cornell is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Columbia
Cornell is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Columbia

Next up:
Columbia at Yale, Friday, January 31st
Cornell at Brown, Friday, January 31st