The Columbia Alumni Association and Rhode Island Regional Club is hosting a pregame reception Friday in Providence from 5-6:45 p.m. at Flatbread Pizza, a five-minute walk to Pizzatola Sports Center. Game tickets not included. $10 event price covers the costs of food with cash bar. For more information or to RSVP, click here.
• The Lions split their final home weekend, falling to Princeton Friday and winning a thriller over Penn Saturday.
• Columbia sits tied for fourth with the Quakers for the final Ivy League Tournament spot. For all of the #IvyMadness scenarios, see below.
• The Bears topped Dartmouth on the road Friday before suffering a setback at Harvard last weekend.
• Steven Spieth paces the offense, averaging 16.7 points per game and also leads the squad in rebounding at 5.9 boards per game.
• Brown leads the Ivy League in scoring, netting 75.3 points per game, and steals, checking in a 7.6 per contest.
SERIES HISTORY - BROWN
Columbia has won six consecutive games over Brown and hold an all-time record of 73-65 against the Bears. The Lions will be looking for their third consecutive regular season sweep of Brown when they meet Friday night in Providence.
• The Bulldogs halted a four-game skid with a 99-86 win at Dartmouth Saturday.
• First-year Miye Oni has had an outstanding rookie campaign, posting 13.3 points per game on 40.7 percent shooting from 3-point range and 6.6 rebounds per contest.
• Yale is the top rebounding team in the Ancient Eight, pulling down 36.3 per night and holds a +3.6 rebounding margin.
SERIES HISTORY - YALE
Columbia owns a 125-106 record in the series with Yale, dating back to 1901-02. The Bulldogs swept the Lions last year and are 14-3 in the matchups dating back to 2009.
COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE
Columbia is participating in the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge this month, a new initiative by the American Cancer Society and the NABC. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer the Lions make in February. All funds will benefit the Relay for Life walk at Columbia on April 1. To donate, visit https://staging.pldgit.com/columbia.
WHAT’S THE SCENARIO?
With Columbia and Penn both holding 5-7 Ivy League records heading into the final regular season weekend, here are the scenarios in which Columbia can clinch a berth to the inaugural Ivy League Tournament if the team’s records are still even. Since the teams split the season series, the second tiebreaker is record against the rest of the Ancient Eight starting with the first-place team and working its way down to the eighth-place team. The third tie-breaker goes to a ratings index average, which Penn holds a significant margin. For more information on Ivy League tiebreakers, visit IvyMadness.com/Tiebreakers.
• IF BOTH TEAMS SWEEP THE WEEKEND
- Columbia will either need a Brown win over the Big Red Saturday to ensure the Bears finish ahead of Cornell in the standings (Both teams would have matching records until the sixth-place finisher - Columbia would be 2-0 vs. Brown, 1-1 vs. Cornell. Penn swept the Big Red, split with the Bears) OR a Cornell win over Yale Friday to create a three-way tie with the Bulldogs at 7-7, which would put Penn as the No. 3 seed and Columbia as the No. 4 due to Yale falling twice to Harvard.
• IF COLUMBIA WINS EITHER GAME
- Penn must lose to Harvard Saturday.
• IF COLUMBIA LOSES TO BROWN, DEFEATS YALE
- Penn must lose vs. Harvard Saturday OR Penn must lose to Dartmouth Friday & Brown must beat Cornell Saturday.
• IF BOTH TEAMS LOSE TWO GAMES
- Brown must defeat Cornell Saturday AND Princeton must defeat Dartmouth Saturday.
Senior guard Kendall Jackson earned the first start of his collegiate career on Senior Night vs. Penn last Saturday and made the most of his opportunity. Jackson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and logged a season-high 23 minutes, dishing out two assists and recording a pair of steals. Additionally, all five members of the senior class took the floor and scored, which was just the second time that had happened all season (Manhattanville - Dec. 11).
Forward Luke Petrasek became the 28th Columbia player to reach 1,000 career points with a layup in the first half against Penn on Feb. 25 and currently ranks 25th in school history with 1,012 points. The senior is having a strong final campaign, averaging a team-best 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, which puts him fourth and 10th, respectively, in the Ivy League in those categories. Petrasek ranks fifth on the Columbia all-time list in blocks (95) and free throw percentage (77.5%). He is the team’s leading returning scorer after posting 10.2 points on 44.2-percent shooting from downtown in 2015-16.
The Ivy League has added men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to its slate of conference championships beginning in March 2017. The top four teams in men’s and women’s basketball will vie for the conference’s automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships. The regular season champion will receive an automatic bid to the postseason NIT. The 2017 Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will both be held over the same two competition days, March 11 and 12, at The Palestra in Philadelphia. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For more information, visit IvyMadness.com.