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The Dartmouth Big Green host the struggling Columbia Lions in an Ivy League conference match-up on Friday night. Both teams have long losing streaks (Dartmouth have lost nine straight, while Columbia have lost five).
Columbia's first order of work to stop losing streakForm
The Lions have been in awful form. They are 6-16 for the season. After losing their last five games, they have slipped to 1-5 in conference play. They have plenty of work to do to salvage pride.
The Columbia Lions were beaten 71-64 in their previous game by Princeton. Mike Smith scored 30 points, a season-high. Ike Nweke had 12 points, while Tai Bibbs chipped in with 11 points. Jack Forrest had 10 points.
The Lions score 66.9 points per game, while allowing 71.1, which puts them 233rd nationally. That negative points differential has been a big reason for their problems this season.
PREVIEW | #ColumbiaMBB ready for weekend in New England. Notes, trends and how to follow both games ⬇️
— Columbia Basketball (@CULionsMBB) February 12, 2020
Dartmouth lose nine on the bounce, yet to win a conferene gameForm
The Big Green have a worse streak than their upcoming opponents. They have now lost nine games on the bounce, which means they are yet to win a conference game as well. Overall, Dartmouth are 7-14 for the season.
The Big Green were beaten 75-57 by the Yale Bulldogs. Chris Knight scored 12 points, while James Foy had 11 points. Yale took a four-point lead into halftime, which ballooned in the second half.
The Big Green's defense has been decent, allowing just 65.2 points per game, which puts them 71st nationally. Their offense has stumbled dramatically (they are scoring just 62.1 points per game).
— Dartmouth M Hoops (@DartmouthMBK) February 10, 2020
Trends as seen on covers.com are: Dartmouth Big Green are:
- No key trends
Columbia Lions are:
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Big Green will be absolutely determined to avoid the ignominy of losing 10 straight games. They will put on a decent, solid performance and ensure that they can at least cover the spread. Their defense hasn't been atrocious this season, which could be light at the end of the tunnel. Whether they will be able to end their drought is uncertain, but they should be able to cover.
Prediction: Dartmouth -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Big Green will own their defense, which should be able to help them dictate the pace of the game. They prefer low-scoring, controlled games, where the number of possessions are quite low. That should help them keep the Lions in check. Columbia also like this style of basketball, which is a good sign for the under.
Prediction: Under 129