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Columbia (12-6) at Cornell (1-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 9-1, Cornell 1-5. Away Record: Columbia 1-4, Cornell 0-9. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-1, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: Columbia 1-0, Cornell 0-1. Series Record: Columbia leads, 123-98.
GAME NOTES: The Columbia Lions and the Cornell Big Red will wrap up a home- and-home series on Saturday afternoon in Ivy League action at Newman Arena.
These storied institutions have faced off 221 times in more than 100 years as rivals, with Columbia holding a 123-98 advantage, including a 71-61 victory in last Saturday's league opener.
Columbia's triumph in last week's conference lidlifter added on to a stellar season, as it sits with a 12-6 overall record. The Lions have not fared so well away from home however, winning just one of five true road contests.
Cornell, meanwhile, has struggled all season long, performing like one of the nation's worst teams at just 1-14, with its only triumph coming at home to Oberlin College on Jan. 11 (77-55). This will be the Big Red's final home game until Feb. 14, with a four-game road trip sandwiched in between.
In last Saturday's matchup, the first half was tightly-contested battle, with Columbia taking just a three-point lead into intermission, but it began the second stanza on a 16-4 run to go up by 15 and put the game on cruise control from that point forward en route to the 10-point victory. It shot 47.6 percent from the field, compared to just 39.6 percent for Cornell, while shooting 26- of-31 from the free-throw line (.839) and winning the rebounding battle, 32-24. The Lions were paced by Alex Rosenberg with 20 points on 7-of-13 from the field. Grant Mullins netted 19 points on 11-of-13 from the stripe, Maodo Lo scored 12 and Isaac Cohen tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. For the Big Red, Devin Cherry finished with 15 points, while Darryl Smith and Nolan Cressler put up 12 and 11 points, respectively.
On the season, Columbia has established strong play on both ends of the floor, as it shoots 45.3 percent from the field for 70.1 ppg while allowing just 61.9 ppg on 41.3 percent shooting. It also owns a +4.9 rebounding margin and makes 8.7 3-pointers per contest at a 40.5-percent clip, but it gives up some possessions with a -2.2 turnover margin. Rosenberg (13.9 ppg) has made 52.2 percent of his 46 3-point attempts and is active from the free-throw line (88- of-111). Lo is right on Rosenberg's heels with 13.8 ppg and has also be great from beyond the arc (43-of-83). Mullins rounds out the double-digit scorers with 13.3 ppg.
On the other hand, Cornell has floundered both offensively (.420 FG percentage, 65.9 ppg) and defensively (.484, 80.5 ppg) while living in the red in terms of rebounding (-4.2) and turnovers (-2.6). Cressler is one of the few bright spots for the Big Red, as he puts up 16.1 ppg, although he's just 32- of-103 from long distance (.311). Cherry (10.9 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Robert Hatter (10.0 ppg) have also been solid.
Cornell has shown no signs of life this season against equal or greater competition, even at home. After the Lions took care of business last week in New York, expect them to overcome their road surroundings in this one to move to 2-0 in the league.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 70, Cornell 64
01/25 10:19:54 ET