Bryant vs Columbia Preview and Prediction
Bryant vs Columbia Preview
Columbia is 1-6 on the year after Wednesday’s 64-62 home loss to Colgate. Three of Columbia’s six losses – Fordham, Delaware and Colgate – have been by two points or less. The Lions’ lone victory came Nov. 25 over Division III St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn.
Stefanini is the player Bryant will need to watch. He has been the most consistent three-point shooter for Columbia thus far, knocking down 19-of-33 (57.6 percent) from long-range to rank No. 4 in the country in that category. Against FIU on Nov. 17, the sophomore dropped 33 points (the most by a Columbia player since Maodo Lo had 37 at Princeton in March 2016) and went off 23-point effort in just 15 minutes against St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) on Nov. 25, going 7-of-9 from 3-point range.
The Bryant Bulldogs have had six days off since a 75-65 win against New Hampshire on Dec. 1 to snap a three-game skid. Adam Grant leads the team, averaging 15.9 points and 2.0 steals. Patrick Harding is pulling down 7.3 rebounds per contest and SaBastian Townes is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range to lead the squad.
Freshman Patrick Harding leads all NEC rookies and ranks 16th nationally among freshmen with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. Harding has grabbed seven or more boards in five of seven contests this season.
Adam Grant leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 15.9 points per game. He is also lethal defensively, swiping two steals a game so far on the season.
Bryant and Columbia are meeting for the first time since the 2010-11 season and fourth time overall. The Lions have won all three meetings with the most recent coming in 2010 in New York. Bryant erased a 17-point deficit in that contest before Columbia hit a three-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to reclaim the lead for good in a 76-72 Lions victory.
LINE: -10 Columbia
Both teams are lacking in a lot of areas, but matchup well against each other. With a combined record of 3-11 between them, this win is possible for both programs.
I’m a little surprised by the line in this contest and if I were to bet it, I would take Bryant plus the points.
Columbia 66 Bryant 60
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