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.
COACHES POWERING FORWARD
Columbia's staff along with coaches from around the country will be wearing the blue puzzle piece pin on their suit jackets during the games this weekend. This is part of college basketball's autism awareness weekend.
• Columbia will host Harvard and Dartmouth on Alumni Weekend for its first home back-to-back set. At halftime of Saturday's contest, Columbia will welcome back members of the 1968 team for a ceremony honoring the 50th Anniversary of their Ivy League Championship.
• The Lions were edged 82-81 at Cornell Saturday to snap a five-game winning streak at Newman Arena. Gabe Stefanini recorded a career-high 19 points and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
• The Crimson sits at the top of the Ancient Eight standings at 4-0 after topping Yale and Brown last weekend on the road.
• Columbia is 97-81 all-time against Harvard and has won three of the last four meetings. The Lions and Crimson each held serve at home last season to earn a series split.
• The Big Green are in the midst of a seven-game slide prior to its game at Cornell Friday. Despite it's 0-4 Ivy League mark, Dartmouth has played each conference foe tough.
• Columbia also holds a winning record against Dartmouth, checking in at 112-100 all-time against the Big Green. Like the Harvard series, both teams won their home games in 2016-17. The Lions have won three of the last four contests against Dartmouth.
The 2017-18 season marks the 50th Anniversary of Columbia's Ivy League Championship squad. At halftime of the Lions' game against Dartmouth on Saturday, February 3, Columbia will honor the team with a special ceremony. Under the direction of head coach Jack Rohan, the Lions posted an overall record of 23-5 overall and 12-2 in Ivy League play, clinching the NCAA auto-bid after defeating Princeton, 92-74, in a playoff game. Columbia topped La Salle before falling to Davidson, 61-59, in the East Region Semifinal. Future NBA standout Jim McMillian averaged 22.3 points and 9.8 rebounds to lead the Lions.
The Crimson has had to mix and match lineups due to injuries. Bryce Aiken is averaging 15.2 points to lead the squad and just returned last weekend after missing six of the last seven. Seth Towns has also been a force for Harvard checking in at 14.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.
The Big Green have five players averaging in double-figures, led by Taylor Johnson (11.5 PPG). Johnson hit the game-winning layup in Hanover last season against the Lions in overtime.
First-year Gabe Stefanini picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors Monday after netting a career-high 19 points at Cornell. Stefanini shot 7-of-12, added four rebounds and made a huge impact while the Lions attempted to rally from a second-half deficit. In his last two games, the Bologna, Italy, native is averaging 15.0 points on 57.8 percent shooting from the floor, a 5-of-6 clip from beyond the arc and 3.5 rebounds.
If the Lions didn't have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. Analytically, KenPom ranks the Lions 350th (-.180) and TeamRankings.com has them 351st (-3.7) 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 0-7 in games decided by that margin.
The Lions have been more active in creating turnovers in the past eight games, averaging 8.4 steals. Columbia leads the Ivy League, posting 6.8 per contest. Mike Smith (1.5) and Quinton Adlesh (1.1) are both among the Ivy League leaders in the category.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
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). Additionally, at least nine players have found their way onto the scoresheet in the past three games.
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.