North Texas Mean Green face Columbia Lions: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

North Texas Mean GreenColumbia Lions
2-1November 21, 2013, 05:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center1-2

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Columbia Lions try to run the North Texas Mean Green off the court at Earle A. Chiles Center in college hoops action.

This season, the Lions are 1-2 overall and 2-0 ATS ATS, while the Mean Green are 2-1 and 1-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Columbia boasts a 1-1 on the OU, and North Texas is 1-0.

View North Texas Mean Green vs Columbia Lions Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Sportsbook) had the Lions installed as -4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the Sportsbook over-under value at Sportsbook.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lions rated this week at No. 180 and the Mean Green sitting at No. 256.

North Texas was a 92-78 Sportsbook in their most recent outing at home against Nicholls State. Maurice Aniefiok scored 21 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for North Texas on Thursday, leading the Mean Green to a 92-78 victory over Nicholls State at The Super Pit.

In their last action, Columbia was a 62-53 loser on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 23.5-point spread as underdogs. Columbia got 12 points from Maodo Lo but lost anyway, 62-53, to Michigan State on Friday at Breslin Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Columbia has the nation's No. 230-rated offensive output, at 65.33 PPG. The visiting Mean Green defense ranks No. 228 allowing on average 80 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 46.15% so far, more than the Mean Green marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.62% per game.

Next up:
North Texas at Idaho, Friday, November 22nd
Columbia at Portland, Friday, November 22nd
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