Cornell vs Columbia Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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The Columbia Lions (7-21, 2-11 Ivy League) will try to break a six-game road losing skid at the Cornell Big Red (16-10, 6-7 Ivy League) on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET.

Cornell is a massive 16.5-point favorite against Columbia when the Big Red face off with the Lions on Saturday. The point total for the matchup is 160.5.

Cornell vs. Columbia Odds

Point Spread for Cornell vs. Columbia

The spread for this matchup is set at 16.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Cornell as the favorite.

Cornell vs. Columbia Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Cornell has -2047 odds to pick up the win, while Columbia is listed at +1058 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 160.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Ithaca, New York
  • Arena: Newman Arena

Cornell vs. Columbia Betting Trends

Against the spread, Cornell is 13-11-0 this year. The Big Red have been favorites in 15 games this season and have come away with the win 11 times (73.3%) in those contests. Cornell’s games this year have hit the over 13 times in 26 opportunities (50%).

Columbia has nine wins against the spread in 26 games this year. The Lions have won 16% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (4-21). Columbia’s games this season have gone over the total in 12 of 26 opportunities (46.2%).

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Cornell vs. Columbia Key Players to Watch


Chris Manon averages 10.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, shooting 56.5% from the field. Nazir Williams leads the Big Red with 13.3 points per contest and 2.9 assists, while also posting 3.6 rebounds. Sean Hansen is averaging 8.7 points, 2.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per contest.


Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa is putting up team highs in points (13.7 per game) and rebounds (5.8). And he is producing 2.3 assists, making 41.8% of his shots from the floor and 36.8% from 3-point range, with 2.4 triples per game. Avery Brown is putting up a team-high 2.7 assists per game. He’s also delivering 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds, hitting 35.6% of his shots from the floor. Zinou Bedri is putting up 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1 assists per game, making 40.4% of his shots from the field. The Lions receive 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Blair Thompson.

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What you need to know about the Cornell Big Red

Cornell has won five games against the spread in conference play this season, while failing to cover eight times. The Big Red have been lifted by their offense, as they rank eighth-best in college basketball by posting 82.3 points per game. They rank 330th in college basketball in points allowed (76 per contest). Cornell is grabbing 30.5 boards per game (257th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 31 rebounds per contest (175th-ranked).

Offensively, the Big Red have played better when playing at home this year, posting 84.3 points per game, compared to 80.6 per game on the road. Cornell ranks third-best in the country by sinking 10.8 threes per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks 93rd in college basketball at 35.7%. This year, the Big Red are ceding 8.2 three-pointers per game (289th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 34.8% (244th-ranked) from downtown.

The Big Red have gone 4-6 over their past 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread in that span. Six of Cornell’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. Cornell has been racking up 80.8 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly lower than the 82.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Cornell has been more porous on the defensive side of the ball lately, giving up 82.8 points per game during its last 10 outings compared to the 76 points per game its opponents average in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Columbia Lions

Columbia’s conference games have gone over the point total seven out of 13 times this year. Offensively the Lions are the 285th-ranked team in the country (67.6 points per game). Defensively they are 322nd (75.4 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Columbia is 230th in the nation in rebounds (31 per game) and -1-worst in rebounds conceded (36).

The Lions are putting up more points at home (70.4 per game) than on the road (64.4). At 7.8 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 31.6% from downtown, Columbia is 133rd and 317th in the nation, respectively, in those categories. Defensively, the Lions are 166th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7.1. They are 121st in 3-point percentage conceded at 32.9%.

In their past 10 games, the Lions have two wins against the spread, and are 1-9 overall. Columbia has hit the over in seven of its last 10 contests. While Columbia is scoring 67.6 points per game in 2022-23, it has bettered that mark in its previous 10 games, tallying 70.2 a contest. The Lions are ceding 84.8 points per game in their past 10 games, which is 9.4 more points than they are allowing for the season (75.4).

Cornell vs. Columbia Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Cornell, and we project that Columbia will cover the spread (Cornell -16.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 160.5 points.

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How to bet Cornell vs. Columbia

You can bet on Cornell vs. Columbia at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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