* SCHEDULE UPDATE *
Tip-off of Columbia's game against Navy on Sunday, December 10 has been moved up to 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on SNY.
• Columbia will look to snap a three-game slide. The Lions most recently fell at Colgate, 77-71, Saturday. Columbia trailed by as many as 22 points, but clawed its way back into the game and trailed by just three with just over six minutes to play before the Raiders put the contest away.
• Lukas Meisner has recorded career-highs in points in back-to-back games. Meisner scored 16 points at Army West Point on Nov. 21 before finishing the week with an 18-point effort at Colgate Saturday.
• Columbia is 2-8 all-time against Connecticut. The Lions and Huskies last met on Dec. 22, 2014, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, an 80-65 triumph for UConn.
• The Lions are in the midst of a seven-game road swing to start the 2017-18 campaign.
The Huskies have dispatched all three opponents by double-digits on their home courts (Gampel Pavilion and XL Center in Hartford). Jalen Adams and Terry Larrier have been a strong 1-2 punch for UConn, averaging 18.8 and 17.3 points, respectively, to lead the squad. Larrier is the Huskies' top rebounder at 5.3 per contest and Adams is averaging 2.0 steals.
COLUMBIA VS. THE AMERICAN
Against teams currently in the American Athletic Conference, Columbia is 6-13. The Lions most common opponent in the conference is UConn. The last win against an AAC foe came on Jan. 4, 1979 at USF, a 71-65, victory. This is just the second game Columbia has played against an AAC team since the conference rebranded itself in 2013-14.
The Lions lead the Ivy League and are 33rd in the NCAA in 3-pointers made, averaging 10.4 makes per game. Columbia's 36.1 percentage from downtown is second in the Ancient Eight. 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).
Since battling foul trouble in the season opener, Lukas Meisner has been one of the Lions' most consistent players this season. He notched his second career double-double at Longwood, posting 12 points and 16 rebounds. The rebound total was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012. In the last two games against Army and Colgate, Meisner has set career-highs in scoring after registering 16 points against the Black Knights and 18 against the Raiders.