Brown (7-16) at Columbia (13-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 10th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700) -- New York, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 5-8, Columbia 6-4. Away Record: Brown 1-6, Columbia 5-5. Neutral Record: Brown 1-2, Columbia 2-0. Conference Record: Brown 1-5, Columbia 2-4. Series Record: Columbia leads 66-60.
GAMES NOTES: It will be another weekend of back-to-backs in the Ivy League opening with a matchup between the Brown Bears and the Columbia Lions.
This is the 126th meetings between these conference foes with Columbia holding the historical advantage with a 66-60 against Brown. These teams split the season series a year ago but the Lions have won five of the last six matchups, overall.
Brown enters this game coming off losses in three straight including dropping decisions to Princeton and Penn last weekend. The Bears have managed just one win in conference play to go with five losses putting them a game above last place Dartmouth. Brown will play at Cornell on Saturday.
Columbia has traded wins and losses in its last four games and has seen its overall record slide to 13-9 after beginning the season 11-5. In conference play the Lions are 2-4 this season putting them just a game up on Brown in the standings. The Lions will welcome Yale to Levien Gymnasium on Saturday night tow wrap up the weekend.
The Bears struggled to find any rhythm on offense against Penn last Saturday. Brown shot just 37.7 percent from the floor including 4-of-20 from three point range on its way to a 68-45 defeat at home. The Bears also turned the ball over 15 times in the loss.
Leading scorer Sean McGonagill was particularly bad in the loss against Penn scoring just three points on 1-of-12 shooting while playing all forty minutes. The sophomore guard normally averages 14.0 points per game but the performance snapped a seven game streak in double figures. McGonagill did dish out six assists in the loss to stay second in the conference in the category at 5.7 assists per game. Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg) conversely had an impressive game against the Quakers scoring 20 points and bringing in 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. The 20 points were also a season high for McCarthy. Junior guard Stephen Albrecht (10.6 ppg) is the third option for the Bears but he also suffered in the loss to Penn scoring just two points on 1-of-7 shooting. The three combine to power a weak offense that scores 62.7 points per game which is better than only Dartmouth. Thanks to McGonagill the Bears lead in one statistical category by dishing out 14.2 assists per game as a team.
Although no loss is easy to take, Columbia has to feel good coming off a loss t No. 25 Harvard in a hard fought 57-52 decision. Columbia limited Harvard to 43.2 percent shooting but was outscored 21-8 from the free-throw line in taking the loss. Brian Barbour led the Lions with 15 points but shot just 4-of-13 in the contest.
Columbia does not score much more than Brown, netting 64.1 points per game as a team but the Lions have been a much better defensive squad allowing only 59.3 points per game. Columbia is also strong on the boards bringing in 35.7 rebounds per game as a team which is second in the conference. The 15 points he scored against Harvard gives Barbour a streak in double figures that now stands at eight games. The junior guard leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) while also serving up a team high 3.5 assists per game. Junior forward Mark Cisco (9.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) had a setback in his push towards a double-figure scoring average as he put in only eight points against the Crimson. The output snapped a six game streak in double figures for Cisco. Third option Meiko Lyles (9.8 ppg 40.4 3P%) had only seven points against Harvard. The sophomore guard has scored only 5.3 points per game over the last three contests, including a scoreless game in a loss to Cornell.
Columbia showed that it can play with the best in the conference last weekend. With the Lions now playing at home against a Brown team that is far from the top of the conference, Barbour and the Lions should be able to get a win this time.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 67, Brown 59
02/10 10:32:31 ET