Cornell vs. Columbia Odds, Trends, Prediction 1/16/23

by | Last updated Jan 16, 2023 | cbb

Cornell (13-4 SU 11-4 ATS) vs. Columbia (6-13 SU 9-8 ATS)
When: Monday, January 16th: 12:00 ET
Where: Levien Gymnasium New York, NY
Point Spread: CORNEL -12.5/ COLMB +12.5
Total: 146.5
Money Line: Cornell Big Red -934/ Columbia Lions +587

The Cornell Big Red travel to New York to take on the Columbia Lions in an early holiday game. The odds maker has saddled Cornell bettors with a large -12.5 spread and a total line of 146.5. The tip-off for this game at Schiller Court at Levien Gymnasium is 12:00 PM and can be watched on ESPN+.

Line Movement

This line opened at -12.5, where it has held against the public betting of Cornell. The total hit the board at 146.5 and has risen to as high as 148 at some shops.

Last Game Info

Cornell picked up a victory over Yale by a score of 94-82. Heading into the game, the Big Red were favored to win, with a point spread of -0.5. The combined 176 points finished above the 146 total line.

Columbia most recently fell to Harvard (73-51). Not only did the Lions lose straight-up, but they picked up an ATS defeat as +14 point underdogs. The combined 124 points did not surpass the 130.5 total line.

Current Form

Over their last five games, Cornell has a straight-up record of 4-1 while going 4-1 vs. the spread. Over this stretch, the Big Red offense averages 82.0 points per game while hitting 47.5% of their shots from the field. On the defensive end of the floor, they have allowed opponents to shoot 51.4% from the field while allowing 71.8 points per contest.

In their previous five contests, Columbia is 1-4 straight-up and 1-4 vs. the spread. In these five games, they have a scoring average of 56.8 points per game on a shooting percentage of 32.0%. Defensively, they allow teams to hit 44.5% of their shots while giving up 71.8 points per game.

Average Power Rating Of Opponents Played

This season, the combined power rating of Cornell’s opponents comes in at 70.8. Conversely, Columbia’s combined opponent power rating sits at 67.2.

How Does Cornell Fare On The Road?

For the season, the Big Red have played eight road games and have a record of 5-3. In these contests, Cornell is 6-2 vs. the spread. Offensively, they have averaged 80.6 points per game on a shooting percentage of 47.9%. On defense, the Big Red allow 76.8 points per contest when playing away from home. So far, opposing teams have a field goal percentage of 48.0% in these games.

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How Does Columbia Fare At Home?

In their 11 games at home, Columbia has a 5-4 record vs. the spread while going 5-6 straight-up. On offense, the Lions are shooting 39.4% on their home floor, leading to 69.3 points per game. Defensively, opponents are shooting 41.1% in these contests. The Columbia defense is allowing 68.2 points per game at home.

Offense vs. Defense

For the season, Cornell is averaging 79.2 points per game (24th) while posting an overall field goal percentage of 46.7%. In today’s game, they will be matched up against a Columbia defense that has allowed an average of 70.3 points per contest. This year, opponents have hit 42.8% of their shots vs. Columbia. On the other side, the Columbia Lions are coming into the game averaging 67.4 points per game on a shooting percentage of 42.5%. The Lions will be facing a defensive unit allowing an average of 72.4 points per contest. So far, teams have hit 43.5% of their shots vs. the Big Red.

Three-Point Shooting

From beyond the arc, Cornell has a shooting percentage of 34.8% while ranking 100th in attempts per game. The Big Red will be facing a Columbia defense that has a 3-point field goal shooting percentage allowed of 34.3%. Columbia enters the game having hit 35.6% of their looks from deep while averaging 7.62 made 3’s per game. On the other end, Cornell has allowed opponents to hit 29.5% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Injuries Of Note


  • No Reported Injuries


  • No Reported Injuries

Pick Against The Spread

I’m betting the total. Columbia has averaged just 54.2 points per game over their four Ivy league games. However, three of those matches came against some of the better defensive clubs in the conference, which Cornell certainly isn’t. Against Yale, they didn’t light it up, but they did surpass 60, picking up a 62-60 win. They would probably have to hit 65 plus to support my number, and I think that’s a fair number against a team that has allowed 76.6 on the road this season. The Big Red averages 81 points per game in conference play, and I think anything in that range gets us the money. Take the Over 146.5