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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Lions underdogs vs Crimson at Harvard

Columbia LionsHarvard Crimson
March 8, 7:00 PM | Lavietes Pavilion

Columbia Lions vs Harvard Crimson Odds

12-14TEAM RECORD17-9

Harvard looks to cover the Crimson-Lions pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 17-9 mark when they host Columbia in college basketball wagering action.

Supporters of the Lions have watched them go 12-14 and 8-10 ATS on the year, while the Crimson are at 17-9 and 13-10-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Crimson are 13-10, while the Lions have a 7-7 mark.

View Columbia vs Harvard Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Harvard opened as 7.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 182 (Crimson) and the No. 261 (Lions) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 69-67 result in favor of the Crimson has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Harvard has the nation's No. 125-rated offensive output, at 69.6 PPG. The visiting Lions defense ranks No. 41 allowing on average 60.5 PPG. The Crimson FG% has averaged 48.2% so far, more than the Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Columbia owns the country's No. 36-rated mark, allowing 62.5 points per game on the highway. Harvard, on the other hand, rates No. 66 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Columbia, they were a 61-58 loser as they battled Brown at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. The Lions endured a 61-58 loss at the hands of the Bears on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Brian Barbour at Levien Gym.

In their last action, Harvard was a 75-72 loser on the road against Pennsylvania. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. Harvard suffered a 75-72 loss against Pennsylvania on Saturday, getting 20 points from Wesley Saunders in a losing effort at The Palestra.

Columbia Lions Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Dartmouth are 3-7
After playing Brown are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cornell are 9-1
After playing Pennsylvania are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Lions at Crimson trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Harvard
Columbia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Harvard
Columbia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Harvard is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Columbia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Harvard's last 6 games when playing at home against Columbia
Harvard is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Columbia

Next up:
Columbia at Dartmouth, Saturday, March 9
Harvard home to Cornell, Saturday, March 9