Looking to win big? The Lions and Crimson face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Crimson are hosting the game at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, MA. This Ivy League conference matchup has an over/under of 149.5 points, and Harvard is favored to win by -6 at home vs. Columbia.


The Pick: Harvard Crimson -6

This game will be played at Lavietes Pavilion at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Crimson.
  • Not only will Harvard pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will Columbia Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Through 17 games, Columbia has gone 10-7, including a 1-3 mark in Ivy League play. On the road, the Lions have gone just 2-5, and they enter this game on a three-game losing streak away from home.

For the season, Columbia has been the underdog in nine of its 17 games, going 3-6 in those contests. The Lions are coming off an 84-81 win over Penn and will look to improve on their 2-8 road record over their last 10 games.

As the underdog, Columbia has gone 4-5 vs. the spread this season and is 7-7 overall. On the road, the Lions are just 2-5 vs. the spread and have gone 0-3 ATS in their last 3 road games. Over their last 10 road games, Columbia has a 3-7 ATS mark.

So far this season, the over/under record for Columbia games is 8-5-1. On average, their games have finished with 150.6 points compared to an average over/under line of 148.6. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 152 points.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Columbia's offense scored 84 points against Penn. Their field goal percentage for the game was 55.8%, and they went 13/16 from the free-throw line. Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa led the team in scoring, putting up 24 points. Additionally, Kenny Noland contributed 15 points for the Lions.

Currently, the Lions' defense holds the 150th rank in the nation, allowing 71.2 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. Harvard. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 26.4%.

Can Harvard Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

Harvard has struggled in Ivy League play this season, going just 1-3 in conference games. Overall, the Crimson are 10-7, with a non-conference record of 9-4. At home, Harvard is 5-3, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

Coming off a 78-65 loss to Yale, the Crimson have now lost two straight games at home. So far this season, Harvard has been the favorite in six games, going 5-1 in those contests.

As the favorite, Harvard's ATS record this season is just 2-4 and they have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, their ATS mark is just 2-6 this season and they are just 2-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. Over their last 5 home games, the Crimson are just 1-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Harvard games is 10-6, and today's line of 149.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points, which is slightly higher than their season average of 144.2 points per game.

Most recently, the Harvard offense finished with just 65 points vs. Yale. For the game, they hit 5/21 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 46.9%. Leading Harvard in scoring vs. Yale was Malik Mack with his 20 points. Chandler Pigge also added 13 points for the Crimson.

At present, the Crimson's defense is nationally ranked 161st, allowing 71.6 points per game. In their previous game vs. Yale, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 46% and a total of 78 points vs. Harvard.