Delaware Blue Hens (5-2) vs Columbia Lions (1-4)Date : 12/02/2018
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Levien Gymnasium, New York City, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Delaware Blue Hens vs Columbia Lions
The Blue Hens of Delaware University will travel to Levien Gymnasium in New York City, New York, to battle the Columbia Lions on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Delaware atoned for a fire loss to UNC Greensboro by picking up a win in their last outing versus the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by a 75-71 score at home as they were led by Eric Carter with 23 points as he went 8-12 from the field while the Blue Hens shot 55% as a team from the floor in the victory.
The Columbia Lions picked up their first win of the season versus the St Joe’s Bears by an 85 – 38 score on a night where the Lions heavily outrebounded the Bears, yet committed 17 turnovers on the night while only shooting 43% from the floor.
Delaware Blue Hens's Latest Performance :
The Delaware Blue Hens, as stated, atoned for a loss against UNC-Greensboro with a victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as the team Had four players score in double figures led by Eric Carter with 23 points , eight rebounds, along with four assists in the win while Ithiel Horton went 3-8 from 3-point range to end the game with 18 points in the much-needed victory for Delaware.
On a night where the Blue henH shot 55% from the field, their defense struggled versus the offensive-minded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in this matchup as the visitors shot 55% on the night while also making 8 of 17 3-point attempts. The difference in this matchup was Delaware’s ability to get to the free-throw line as they made 16 – 21 free throws while Louisiana Tech went 11-11 on the night.
In all, aside from losing their first game of the season to a Maryland Terrapins team on the road, Delaware has rebounded to win five of their last six games, with their win over Louisiana Tech, and will certainly look to extend their winning ways versus a struggling Columbia Lions Squad.
Columbia Lions's Latest Performance :
The Columbia Lions have struggled in the 2018 season. Their offense enters this game scoring 81 points per game on 46% shooting from the field. On the other hand, their defense has struggled mightily this season as teams are shooting 45% from the field per outing. In fact, prior to their meeting with St Joe’s, the lions were allowing opponents to score 82 points per game while the offense for Columbia only averaged 78 during this time. In other words, the defense was simply not pulling their weight in which to keep the team competitive throughout games early on.
And despite picking up the victory versus St. Joe’s, the Lions also struggled from the field in the matchup in shooting 43% from the night; However, they made 17 three-pointers as they were led by Gabe Stefanini, who ended the game with 23 points while also going 7-9 from 3-point range. The defense for the Lions certainly showed up as they allowed the Bears to shoot only 25% from the floor along with only two 3-pointers for the night on 18th attempts. It would be important to note that the Lions are averaging 36% shooting from 3-point range as a team for the year.
How Delaware Blue Hens & Columbia Lions Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Delaware is 4 – 1 ATS while the OU is 3 – 2
Columbia is 1-3 ATS while the OU is 2 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be interesting in that Colombia will look to come out of their present funk while picking up their second straight win over a pretty decent Delaware squad on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, the Blue Hens will be looking to continue their success as well as they will be looking to rebound from a prior loss. Columbia can indeed score the basketball, however, the Blue Hens will be looking to establish themselves on the defensive end in which two neutralize an offense that scores over 80 points per game. The Blue Hens will certainly look to become more consistent on the offensive and in this match up as, despite their defensive effort vs St Joe’s, has been known to give up too many open looks during contests.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Delaware Blue Hens
My reason for the pick :
I will pick the Blue Hens in this matchup in that Colombia, despite their win over the Bears in the last outing, remains to be a very inconsistent team. As stated, they can certainly put points on the board, however, when faced with a decent squad in Delaware, I expect them to struggle throughout the duration of this ball game. With that being said, look for Delaware to establish themselves on the defensive end as this will certainly allow for opportunities for them to utilize their fast-break / transition game which will allow them to pull ahead in the contest, thus getting the much needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as it has been the play in the majority of the past few outings for both teams. With that being said, look for the Blue Hens to really shine in this match up on the defensive end as they will get after it versus a high-scoring offense for Columbia. And while the Lions will put some points on the board in this matchup, the total will certainly balloon in favor of the road team in this match up as they are indeed the better squad at this point in the season.
Betting trends for Delaware Blue Hens:
- The Lions are 1-3 ATS in last 4 games
- The over is 5 – 1 in Lions last six games
Betting trends for Columbia Lions:
- The Blue Hens are 4 – 1 ATS in last 5 games
- The over is 3-1 in Blue Hens last 4 games