• Columbia is back on the road after earning a weekend sweep over Harvard and Dartmouth on alumni weekend. The Lions are currently tied for third in the conference standings.
• Yale dropped a pair of games at Princeton and Penn last weekend, falling in overtime to the Tigers before a nine-point setback at the Palestra.
• Columbia is 125-108 all-time against the Bulldogs, but have dropped four straight including a pair of losses last season.
• Brown took both Penn and Princeton into overtime and earned a hard-fought split, thanks to 32 points from Desmond Cambridge, which included a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left against the Tigers.
• The Lions lead the series with the Bears 74-65. Columbia and Brown split last year's meetings with both teams earning home victories.
COLUMBIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION RECEPTION AT BROWN
Alumni, family, and friends of all ages are invited to enjoy refreshments and game fare from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday at Flatbread Pizza on Cushing Street in Providence. Members of the coaching staff will be present. Tickets include admission to both games. For more information or to register, click here.
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 Bulldogs, who have been plagued by the loss of their starting backcourt Makai Mason and Jordan Brunner, have dropped four of their last five contests. Yale leads the Ivy League in assists (16.5 per game) and is being paced by Miye Oni (14.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG).
Picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, the Bears have been the surprise of the conference with their 3-3 start in Ivy League play. The duo of Brandon Anderson (18.9 PPG) and reigning Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week Desmond Cambridge (17.4 PPG) have helped Brown pace the league in scoring (79.1). Anderson, who leads the Ancient Eight averaging 1.7 steals, is also a player to watch defensively.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.3) and are ranked 18th nationally in that category. Columbia has knocked down at least 10 treys in 14 of its 19 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.
The Lions have been more active in creating turnovers in the past 10 games, averaging 8.1 steals. Columbia leads the Ivy League, posting 6.8 per contest. Mike Smith and Quinton Adlesh (1.3) 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).
Columbia has had five or more players score in double-figures four times this season. The Lions had six
• Quinton Adlesh is converting on 47.3 percent of his tries from 3-point range, which
• Adlesh is shooting 53.7 percent (second) from downtown and averaging 3.7 makes per game (tied for first) in conference games.
• He is rated 45th in the country in effective field goal percentage (64.1), according to KenPom.
• Adlesh has posted double-figures in points in six consecutive games.
• Columbia is 5-1 when he knocks down four or more treys.
• Lukas Meisner is second in the Ancient Eight, posting 6.8 rebounds per game and leads the Ivy League with four double-doubles. He is also shooting 54.3 percent from the floor - fifth best in the Ivy League.
• His 65.7 percent eFG% is 23rd 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
•In his eight games back, Castlin has averaged 10.0 points off the bench, including back-to-back 16-point performances against Harvard and Dartmouth.
• Columbia is 4-1 when Castlin scores in double-figures (only loss to Villanova).
• Additionally, he has knocked down his last 17 free throw attempts, a streak that dates back to the last five 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 17.4 points - good for fifth in the Ivy League - leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.5) and is fourth in steals (1.3).
• 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 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.