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Lions open as college hoops underdog vs Red Storm

Columbia St. John's
7-5December 31, 1969, 07:00 |8-3

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the St. John's Red Storm try to run the Columbia Lions off the court at Barclays Center in college hoops action.

St. John's will face the 7-5 Lions, who own a 4-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Red Storm are 5-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lions are 1-4 favoring the OVER.

View Columbia Lions vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Lions were listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Red Storm - Lions odds would favor the Red Storm if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. John's is rated No. 64 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Columbia is at No. 125.

In their last action, St. John's was a 96-87 winner at home against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The Red Storm got a terrific 29-point effort from D'Angelo Harrison as St. John's defeated Youngstown State 96-87 on Saturday at Carnesecca Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature St. John's's No. 82-rated squad against Columbia's No. 213-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, St. John's rates No. 213 in the country with 4.91 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 42 nationally with 7.92 per match.

A few Lions at Red Storm trends to consider:
Columbia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
St. John's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Columbia at Colgate, Monday, December 30th
St. John's at Xavier, Tuesday, December 31st