• Columbia went 0-for-3 on its homestand after a 73-68 defeat to Navy Sunday. The Lions led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but the Midshipmen shot 55.2 percent in the second half and were +13 after the intermission to come away with the win.
• Boston College knocked off No. 1 Duke, 89-84 Saturday. The Eagles knocked down 15 3-pointers in the triumph and were led by a stellar performance by Ky Bowman, who posted 30 points, 10 rebounds
• Columbia and Boston College will meet for just the second time. The Eagles claimed a 57-53 victory at the Cotton States Insurance Classic in Atlanta on December 30, 1982.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
The Eagles have been strong on the boards all season long, averaging 41.3 per contest to rank No. 26 in the NCAA and are on average +7.9 on the glass. Ky Bowman has been doing it all for BC, averaging 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Deontae Hawkins is nearly posting a double-double with averages of 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds.
COLUMBIA VS. ACC
The Lions are 10-28 against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Columbia’s last victory against an ACC foe came on Dec. 27, 1969, against Wake Forest, 101-78, in Philadelphia during the Quaker City Tournament. The Lions’ most common foe is Syracuse, who they are 3-10 against. Columbia last played an ACC school on December 28, 2016, when they fell at Miami, 78-67.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Columbia has had 10 different players record double-figures in points this season. Only eight teams in the country have more than the Lions (11: Boston University, Citadel, North Carolina Central, Liberty, Portland State, Texas State - 12: Texas San-Antonio - 13: Savannah State).
DEAR MYLES HANSON
First-year Myles Hanson is averaging 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in his last two contests. The Chaska, Minnesota, native posted career-highs of 14 points and six boards against Navy Sunday.
Columbia has posted 19 blocks in its last two contests. The Lions' 10 blocks against Stony Brook on Dec. 7 was the most for the program since Nov. 13, 2015, against Kean (10). It was the most against a Division I opponent since the Lions recorded 10 against Brown on Feb. 15, 2002. Jaron Faulds has recorded seven blocks during this stretch and is the Ivy League leader in blocks, averaging 1.5 per contest.
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has started off 2017-18 strong, averaging 19.0 points - good for fourth in the Ivy League - and leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6). Smith filled the stat-sheet against Stony Brook on Dec. 7, registering 18 points to go with career-highs of eight assists and five steals. The Burr Ridge, Illinois, set a career-high for the second time this season with 28 points against Navy Sunday. Smith scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year in 2016-17.
The Lions have also been more active in creating turnovers in the past two games, averaging 9.0 steals. Mike Smith now leads the Ancient Eight, averaging 1.6 per game.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (.380). The Lions' made trifectas per game also put them in the 25th nationally. Columbia has knocked down nine or more treys in each of the last seven games. Earlier this season, the Lions tied a school record with 16 made 3-pointers in their win over Longwood on Nov. 14. Columbia previously accomplished the feat against Brown (Feb. 10, 2012) and Kean (Nov. 13, 2015).