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NEW YORK - Columbia will look to snap a three-game skid when it travels to Yale on Friday, February 24 in a game that will be televised live on the YES Network at 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m., the Lions will take on Brown in Providence, R.I., searching for a season sweep of the Bears.
Fans can listen live to both games free of charge on SideLION Pass with Jerry Recco (@JerryRecco) and Dalen Cuff (@DCuff21) on the call on Friday at Yale. Lance Medow (@LanceMedow) joins Dalen Cuff behind the mic for Columbia's game at Brown on Saturday night.
Columbia's student radio station, WKCR 89.9 FM, will also broadcast each game this weekend. Live stats for Friday and for Saturday, and game notes are also available.
WINNING SEASON IN SIGHT
Columbia can clinch its second straight winning season with two more victories. Columbia’s last consecutive winning seasons came in 1977-78 and 1978-79.
Columbia’s senior class has won 52 games during its four years on the court. The group has a chance to combine for the most wins over a four-year period since the class of 1979, headlined by Alton Byrd and Ricky Free, which won 56 games from the 1975-76 season to 1978-79.
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Columbia ranks 25th in the nation and first in the Ivy League in scoring defense. Opponents average just a shade over 60 points per game against Columbia. The Lions have not allowed a team to reach 80 points all season and also rank 50th in the country in field goal percentage defense at 40.1 percent.
The Lions have shot the ball well in their last six games, shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line during that stretch.
COLUMBIA WALKS THE LINE
Columbia is first in the Ivy League in free throw percentage at 74.5 percent. Last weekend at Princeton and Penn, Columbia made 30 of 38 free throws (78.9 percent). The Lions have shot more than 10 free throws in 20 of 26 games this season.
LIFE BEGINS AT 60
Columbia has a 12-3 record when scoring more than 60 points this season.
THE HISTORY NOTE – YALE
Yale has won the last six games in the series, although the last three games in the series have all been nailbiters. Prior to Yale’s 59-58 victory two weeks ago, the Bulldogs pulled out a double-overtime win at Levien Gym on the final weekend of last season and defeated Columbia 72-67 in New Haven after the Lions trimmed a 16-point halftime deficit to three points in the late stages of the second half.
THE HISTORY NOTE – BROWN
Columbia has won six of the last seven games with the Bears and the last two games played in the series. Brown did win last year’s meeting at the Pizzitola Center, 87-79. Columbia had won the previous two games in Rhode Island in 2009 and 2010.
Junior guard Brian Barbour has had an All-Ivy League caliber season this year.
• Second in the league in scoring in Ivy games (16.5 ppg)
• Third in assists during Ivy games (5.1 apg)
• Carries a 2.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in league play
• Is sixth in the nation in free throw percentage (90.8%) and is shooting 92.2% from the line during league play
• Has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games
• Scored 20+ points eight times this season
• Averaged 15.1 points and 2.6 assists in Ivy League play in 2010-11. Improved those numbers to 16.5 points and 5.1 assists in Ivy League action this season.
Junior center Mark Cisco ranks among the Ivy League leaders in several statistical categories.
• Ranks third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and second in field goal percentage (62.2%) during Ivy play
• Leads the league in offensive rebounds per game during league play (2.8 per game)
• Is tied for third in free throw shooting during league play (85.7%)
• Posted four of his five double-doubles this season during Ivy League play, including 12 points and 12 rebounds vs. Yale on Feb. 11
• Has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games
• In 2010-11, averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds during Ivy League action. In 2011-12, is averaging 11.6 points and 8.2 rebounds during Ivy play
BALL DON'T LYE
Sophomore guard Meiko Lyles had very similar stat lines last time out vs. Yale and Brown scoring 17 points in each game two weekends ago.
• Leads the team in made three-pointers (51) and three-point field goal percentage (42.9%)
• Leads the team in steals with 29 and is shooting 44 percent from the field
• In 2010-11, averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds during Ivy League play. In 2011-12, has improved those numbers to 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game during Ivy League play
THE BLOOM IS ON ROSENBERG
Rookie Alex Rosenberg has had a strong start to his first collegiate campaign. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week earlier this season, Rosenberg had a solid game at Penn in the Lions’ last game when he scored 10 points, including a pair of three balls.
BLAISE OF GLORY
Senior forward Blaise Staab started both games at Princeton and Penn last weekend and responded with inspired play around the basket. At Princeton, Staab scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, four on the offensive glass. At Penn, Staab made two of three shots from the field and finished with five points and three rebounds.
CROCKETT ROCKS IT
Senior guard Chris Crockett has provided instant offense off the Columbia bench this season. Crockett had a career game against Brown on Feb. 10, going for a career-high 18 points on six three-pointers. Last weekend at Princeton and Penn, Crockett continued to provide scoring punch off the bench, averaging 10.0 points in the two games.
GO, JOHNNY, GO
Junior forward John Daniels has continued to be a strong, mobile presence around the rim and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game. On February 10 vs. Brown, Daniels hauled in a team-high 10 boards.
VAN THE MAN
Sophomore guard Van Green has provided big minutes off the Columbia bench in recent games. In the last six games, Green has shot 64.7 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three-point range and added four assists and three blocked shots. In Columbia’s win at Dartmouth on Feb. 3, Green scored a career-high 10 points.
Senior Steve Egee has given the Lions strong outside shooting and leadership off the bench for a majority of the season. Egee has posted career highs in scoring and rebounding this season and is shooting 42.3 percent from long distance this season.
Rookie Noah Springwater has provided strong two-way play off the bench this season for the Lions. In Columbia’s game at Cornell on January 28, Springwater played 22 minutes and added five points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
OSETKOWSKI’S BLOCK PARTY
Rookie center Cory Osetkowski is second on the squad with 16 blocked shots this season. In Columbia’s last game at Penn, Osetkowski finished with three rebounds and a blocked shots in six minutes off the bench.
THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE KYLE SMITH ERA
Over the last two seasons with Kyle Smith as the Lions’ head coach, Columbia has won 29 games. That is the largest total in a head coach’s first two seasons since Lou Rossini (1950-58) won 39 games over his first two seasons as head coach, including Columbia’s magical 23-1 campaign in 1950-51.
Of Columbia’s seven Ivy League losses, six have been decided by five points or fewer. Four games have been decided by two points or fewer, including three losses.
COLUMBIA AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Through February 19, Columbia was ranked among the nation’s top 100 teams in several different categories:
|Field Goal Pct Defense
|Three-Pointers Per Game
|Three-Point FG Pct
|Free Throw Pct
|Turnovers Per Game
|Personal Fouls Per Game
BARBOUR CRACKS TOP 20 ASSIST MEN ALL-TIME
|Free Throw Pct
Junior Brian Barbour
recently moved into the top 20 in career assists in Columbia history. He currently ranks 17th all-time in his three seasons.
CISCO AMONG TOP OFFENSIVE REBOUNDERS
Junior Mark Cisco
ranks second all-time in offensive rebounds at Columbia after more than two and a half seasons. Offensive rebounds were kept as a separate stat beginning in the 1990-91 season.
CISCO ALSO RANKS IN TOP TEN IN BLOCKS
Not only is Cisco one of Columbia’s top offensive rebounders in recent history, he now ranks among the top ten shot blockers in program history. Blocked shots were first kept as an official statistic beginning in 1984-85.
COLUMBIA ON TV
Columbia will have had three nationally televised games this year after Friday’s game at Yale on YES. The Lions have also played on ESPNU twice this season, at UConn and at Princeton.