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Yale Bulldogs visit Columbia Lions in college basketball clash

Yale BulldogsColumbia Lions
March 1, 7:00 PM | Levien Gym

Yale Bulldogs vs Columbia Lions Odds

11-16TEAM RECORD11-13

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Columbia vs Yale battle Friday at Levien Gym as the Lions look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Lions are 11-13 so far on the season, and 7-9 ATS vs. the number. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 11-16 and 9-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Columbia go 6-6 and the Bulldogs go 11-2-1 on the totals.

View Yale vs Columbia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Columbia opened as 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:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 272-ranked Lions and the No. 187-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 67-65 win for the Lions on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Columbia has the nation's No. 276-rated offensive output, at 63.3 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 175 allowing on average 66.5 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 42.2% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Yale features the nation's No. 141-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.9 points per game. Columbia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 301 nationally in scoring at home.

Yale was a 72-66 loser in their most recent outing at home against Harvard. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Yale suffered a 72-66 loss against Harvard on Saturday, getting 15 points from Matt Townsend in a losing effort at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

In their last action, Columbia was a 58-41 winner at home against Pennsylvania. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Columbia earned a 58-41 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday, getting 18 points from Grant Mullins at Levien Gym.

Yale Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cornell are 5-5
After playing Harvard are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Columbia Lions Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Brown are 6-4
After playing Pennsylvania are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Bulldogs at Lions trends to consider:
Yale is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Columbia
Yale is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbia's last 5 games when playing Yale
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbia's last 6 games
Columbia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Columbia is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Yale

Next up:
Yale at Cornell, Saturday, March 2
Columbia home to Brown, Saturday, March 2