• Columbia makes its home debut after a seven-game road swing to start the 2017-18 campaign.
• Mike Smith (27 points), Jaron Faulds (17 points) and Gabe Stefanini (11 points) all posted career scoring highs, but UAlbany came away with an 88-82 triumph over Columbia Saturday night. The Lions shot a season-best 50.0 percent from the floor, including a 67.7 percent clip in the second half. However, the Great Danes played a nearly flawless offensive second half and knocked down 24-of-29 from the charity stripe.
• Quinnipiac has dropped six of its last seven, including a 79-58 defeat at Lafayette Saturday afternoon
• Columbia is 1-3 against Quinnipiac all-time. The Lions' first victory over the Bobcats came last season, an 86-78 victory in Hamden.
The Bobcats have already faced off against fellow Ivy League institutions Dartmouth (W, 78-77) and Brown (L, 72-79) this season. Chaise Daniels is a strong inside presence, averaging 15.0 points on 51.3 percent shooting to go with 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Cameron Young also averages in double-figures (13.8 PPG) and is averaging 6.0 rebounds to lead the squad.
COLUMBIA VS. THE MAAC
The Lions hold a 23-25 record against teams currently in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Columbia’s most common opponent is Manhattan, who it has faced 24 times (15-9).
HOME SWEET HOME
Columbia is 83-33 all-time in home openers and has won seven of its last nine debuts in Levien Gymnasium. Army West Point spoiled last year's debut on Morningside Heights with an 88-83 victory on Nov. 23, 2016.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.1) and 3-point field goal percentage (.366). The Lions' made trifectas per game also put them in the 32nd nationally. Columbia has knocked down nine or more treys in each of the last four games. 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).
Lukas Meisner has been one of the Lions' most consistent players this season averaging 12.9 points on 55.7-percent shooting from the field and a 48.4 clip from 3-point range. Meisner set career-highs in scoring in three-straight from Nov. 17-29, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort at UConn. He and Penn's Max Rothschild are the only Ivy League players with two double-doubles this season. The Braunschweig, Germany, product leads the Ancient Eight in rebounding (8.0). 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.
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has started off 2017-18 strong, averaging 17.7 points - good for fifth in the Ivy League - and is fourth in the Ancient Eight in assists (3.7). The Burr Ridge, Illinois, native is coming off a career-high 27-point performance at UAlbany. He is also just eight points shy of 500 for his career. Smith scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year in 2016-17.