Final Road Trip of the Men's Basketball Season Takes Columbia to Penn and Princeton
NEW YORK – With four games to play, Columbia has plenty left to play for. With one win, the Lions would achieve the team’s third winning season in 28 years. With three wins, Columbia would have the team’s best record in three decades and the program’s first winning record in the Ivy League in 18 years. It will be a tall task for Columbia, which begins the final four games with Penn and Princeton on the road, two of the Ivy League’s top three teams.
Penn comes into the weekend at 5-4 in Ivy League play, winning two on the road last weekend at Brown and at Yale after the Lions dealt the Quakers a 75-62 at Levien Gymnasium on February 12.
Meanwhile, Princeton lost its first Ivy League game of the season on Saturday at Brown, when the Bears captured a 75-65 victory, dropping Princeton's league record to 8-1. The Tigers still remain a half game behind Harvard for first place in the league.
Both games can be heard on gocolumbialions.com this weekend with Jerry Recco and Dalen Cuff behind the mic on Friday. Lance Medow will join Cuff on the call for Saturday's game at Princeton. Friday's game at Penn also will be broadcast live on The Comcast Network with Scott Graham and John Griffin calling the action.
Live stats for the games this weekend are also available, as are game notes.
LIFE BEGINS AT 70
Columbia has scored 70 or more points 13 times this season, averaging 70.6 points per game. When Columbia has scored 70 points or more, the Lions are 10-3. When Columbia allows fewer than 70 points, the Lions are 7-1.
COLUMBIA AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
In the latest NCAA rankings, Columbia is represented several times among the top 100 in the nation, out of the 336 Division I teams ranked. Stats are through Feb. 20.
|Turnovers Per Game||97th||12.7|
|Free Throw Percentage||96th||71.8|
|Free Throw Percentage||Brian Barbour||7th||91.2|
|Assists Per Game||Noruwa Agho||81st||4.5|
|Assist/Turnover Ratio||Brian Barbour||88th||2.03|
THE HISTORY NOTE – PENN
Columbia has won four of the last five games against Penn in a series that has seen a number of exciting finishes over the last two years. Columbia has won three straight against the Quakers, including the last two games at the Palestra. Last season, John Daniels made two free throws in the final seconds to help lift Columbia to a 66-62 victory over Penn on February 13, 2010.
THE HISTORY NOTE – PRINCETON
Friday’s contest is the 225th game between Columbia and Princeton, marking the Lions’ most-played series with any opponent. Princeton has won three straight against the Lions and swept the season series in 2009-10, but over the previous four seasons, the teams had split the season series. The last time Columbia won at Jadwin Gym was February 13, 1993, a 71-69 Lions’ victory.
NORUWA REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Columbia junior guard Noruwa Agho enters this weekend as the Ivy League’s second leading scorer at 15.8 points per game, is fifth in assists at 4.5 per game and tied for 10th in rebounding at 5.0 per game. Agho recently topped the 1,000 point mark for his career and currently ranks 16th on Columbia’s all-time scoring list with 1,087 career points. He has been named Ivy League Player of the Week three times already this season after earning the award three times during the 2009-10 season. Only a junior, Agho is one of six Columbia players ever to total 1,000 points, 300 rebounds and 200 assists in his career.