COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE
Columbia is participating in the 3-Point Challenge for the second consecutive year. With this initiative by the American Cancer Society and the NABC, fans can pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer Columbia makes during the month of February or make a one-time donation. All funds will benefit the American Cancer Society. To donate, click here.
• The second leg of the Ivy League double round-robin schedule begins this weekend when the Lions host Penn and Princeton this weekend.
• Columbia dropped a pair of tight contests at Yale and Brown on the road last week. Gabe Stefanini averaged 18.5 points and shot 7-of-9 from 3-point range to take Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Lukas Meisner's streak of double-doubles is up to four after recording them in both games against the Bulldogs and Bears.
• Penn edged Dartmouth, 64-61, before suffering its first Ivy League loss at Harvard, 76-67, on Saturday.
• The Quakers improved to 141-91 in the all-time series with a 69-61 win at the Palestra on Jan. 13.
• Princeton has dropped four in a row, including setbacks at Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend.
• The Tigers extended their winning streak to eight games over the Lions with a 72-56 triumph in Jadwin Gym on Jan. 12. Princeton is 153-80 against Columbia, dating back to 1900-01.
The Quakers are tied with Harvard at 7-1 in conference play. Penn is one of the strongest defensive teams in the Ivy League, holding opponents to 68.9 points (second) and .409 shooting from the field (first). Ryan Betley leads a balanced scoring attack, averaging 14.7 points. AJ Brodeur, who knocked down six of his 18 3-pointers for 30 points against the Lions in the first meeting, is posting 12.2 points and 7.2 boards.
The defending Ivy League Champions sit tied with Columbia just outside the top-four in the Ancient Eight standings. The Tigers are shooting at a conference-best 38.1 percent clip from 3-point range. Princeton is led by Devin Cannady (17.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG). Myles Stephens checks in at 14.0 PPG on 50.8 percent shooting and 6.1 RPG. Amir Bell is a strong all-around point guard, posting 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Columbia is one of just five teams (Buffalo - twice, Lipscomb, Penn, UC Santa Barbara) in the country to have three players reach 20-plus points in a single-game this season after Mike Smith (22), Lukas Meisner (20) and Gabe Stefanini (20) accomplished the feat at Brown on Feb. 10. It is the first time the Lions have done so since Feb. 18, 1972, against Dartmouth when Ron Boyd '74CC (29), Darryl Downing '74CC (22) and Bob Evans '73CC (21) reached the plateau. Additionally, Columbia has had 11 different players record double-figures in points this season. Only three teams in the country have more than the Lions (12: Texas San-Antonio, Texas State - 13: Savannah State).
• Quinton Adlesh is converting on 48.3 percent of his tries from 3-point range, which is tops in the Ivy League and sixth in the NCAA for players averaging at least 2.5 per game.
• Adlesh is leading the conference, shooting 54.9 percent from downtown and averaging 3.5 makes per game in conference games only.
• He is rated 23rd in the country in effective field goal percentage (65.3), according to KenPom.
• Adlesh has posted double-figures in points in eight consecutive games.
• Columbia is 5-2 when he knocks down four or more treys.
• Lukas Meisner leads the Ancient Eight, posting 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 51.3 percent from the floor - fifth best in the Ivy League.
• Meisner leads the conference with six double-doubles on the season. It is the most for a Columbia player since Ricky Free '79 CC recorded 11 during the 1976-77 campaign. His streak of four in a row is the most for a Lion since Jim McMillian '70CC posted six-straight from Feb. 16-Mar. 5, 1968.
• His 63.7 percent eFG% is 43rd in the nation, according to KenPom.
• Set career-highs in scoring in three-straight from Nov. 17-29, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort at UConn.
• At Longwood, Meisner posted 16 rebounds, which was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012.
AGENT “0” BACK AGAIN
• After missing all of the 2016-17
• He missed the team's next 10 games before returning against Maine on Dec. 30 and scored 16 points in back-to-back games against Harvard and Dartmouth on Feb. 2-3.
• Columbia is 4-1 when Castlin scores in double-figures (only loss to Villanova).
• Additionally, he has knocked down his last 19 free throw attempts, a streak that dates back to the last seven games. It is the most for a Columbia player since Alex Rosenberg hit 23 in a row in a two-game span in 2014.
• Castlin averaged 10.3 points per game as a first-year to lead all Ivy League rookies in 2014-15.
• After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has had an impressive 2017-18, averaging 17.3 points - good for fourth in the Ivy League - leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.6) and is fourth in steals (1.4).
• Established a personal-best in scoring for the second time this season with 28 points against Navy.
• Smith scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year in 2016-17.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.5) and are ranked 14th nationally in that category. Columbia has knocked down at least 10 treys in 16 of its 21 contests. The Lions tied a school record for the second time with 16 made 3-pointers against Cornell on Jan. 20. They also accomplished the feat in its win over Longwood on Nov. 14.
If the Lions didn't have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. Analytically, KenPom (-.143) and TeamRankings.com (-3.7) has them last out of 351 NCAA Division I squads in "luck." More than half of Columbia's losses have come by two possessions or less and the Lions are 1-9 in games decided by that margin.
The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.