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Columbia vs. Dartmouth Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 2-14-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#851 Columbia
Lions 5.5
#852 Dartmouth
Big Green -5.5

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00pm

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Game Stats

Columbia

6 - 16

7-14
ATS
10-11
O/U
66
PPG
71
OPPG

Dartmouth

7 - 14

8-11
ATS
10-10
O/U
64
PPG
64
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

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 streak

Form

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.

Last game

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.

Efficiency

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.

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Dartmouth lose nine on the bounce, yet to win a conferene game

Form

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.

Last game

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.

Efficiency

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).

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

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

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Rating:

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

Nikhil Kalro

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