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Columbia Faces Road Test at Villanova Tuesday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/19/2012
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NEW YORK - The Columbia men's basketball team will take a short trip to Philadelphia to take on Villanova on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen online on ESPN3 and on mobile devices through the Watch ESPN app.

Fans can also listen to the game on gocolumbialions.com and on mobile devices through the official Columbia Athletics app.

LIONS’ STATUS
The Lions dropped a 67-62 decision to Marist in what was an entertaining game on Saturday night. The score was tied nine times, and the teams exchanged the lead 11 times in the contest. With Columbia trailing by three with three seconds left, Grant Mullins’ game-tying attempt was blocked as the Red Foxes came away with the win. Brian Barbour went 10-for-10 from the line on his way to a game-high 19 points.

WILDCATS’ STATUS
Villanova is also looking to avenge their first loss of the season after falling to Alabama, 77-55, in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16. Down just three at halftime, the Tide used a second half surge to hold a double-digit lead for the majority of the second frame. JayVaughn Pinkston scored a team-high 17 points.

HISTORY NOTES - VILLANOVA
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between Columbia and Villanova dating back to the 1969-70 season. After winning the first contest, the Lions have dropped four straight to the Wildcats, all by double-figure margins.

COLUMBIA AGAINST THE BIG EAST
Against teams currently in the BIG EAST, the Lions hold a 62-88 record. Columbia’s most common foe has been Rutgers, who the Lions have a 26-21 overall record against.

BLOCK PARTY
Through three games this season, the Lions’ bigger lineup has resulted in 5.7 blocks per game after averaging 2.3 in 2011-12. Sophomore Cory Osetkowski has rejected two shots in each of Columbia’s games this year, and Mark Cisco is coming off a career-high four swats against Marist.

FOR STARTERS
Columbia started a season 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season when they opened up 5-0. The Lions won their first two games by a combined 55 points, the largest spread to begin a year dating all the way back to 1969-70 when they topped CCNY, 89-46, and Northwestern, 83-68.

BARBOUR 1K
With 929 points coming into the Villanova game, Brian Barbour is poised to become just the 25th player in Columbia history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

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