• Columbia and Cornell will meet for the second time in as many weeks as they wrap up their regular season series in Ithaca Saturday.
• The Lions topped the Big Red, 88-62, in Levien Gym on Jan. 20, tying a program record with 16 3-pointers. Five Columbia players scored in double-figures for the third time this season.
• Columbia is 129-100 all-time against Cornell and has won five-straight at Newman Arena, including a 79-75 triumph last season, dating back to 2013.
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 Big Red have now lost six consecutive games against Division I opponents after Saturday's loss. Matt Morgan, coming off a 20-point performance last Saturday, checks in averaging 23.3 points, which leads the Ivy League and is seventh in the NCAA.
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Columbia has had five or more players score in double-figures three times this season. The Lions had six record 10 or more points against Quinnipiac (Smith - 20, Adlesh - 16, Hickman - 14, Meisner 13, Faulds, Tapé - 12) for the first time since a 108-74 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 15, 2010. At Army on Nov. 21. Meisner netted 16 points, while Adlesh and Smith added 13. Hickman and Tai Bibbs notched 12 apiece. Against Cornell, Meisner (19), Adlesh and Hickman (14), Gabe Stefanini (11) and Kyle Castlin (10) accomplished the feat.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.4) and are ranked 20th nationally in that category. Columbia has knocked down at least 10 treys in 12 of its 16 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 eight games, averaging 8.6 steals. Columbia leads the Ivy League, posting 6.8 per contest. Mike Smith (1.5) and Quinton Adlesh (1.0) are both among the Ivy League leaders in the category.
Analytically, KenPom ranks the Lions 351st (-.166) and TeamRankings.com has them 350th (-3.2) out of 351 NCAA Division I squads in "luck." Half of Columbia's losses have come by two possessions or less and the Lions are 0-6 in games decided by that margin.
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).
Quinton Adlesh is converting on 46.0 percent of his tries, which leads the Ivy League and puts him 19th in the NCAA for players averaging at least 2.5 makes per game. Adlesh is averaging 10.5 points, good for second on the squad. In his first career start at Longwood, he dropped a career-high 23 points, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Quinton Adlesh. So hot right now. Q's taken over the @IvyLeague lead in 3FG percentage for players averaging at least 2.5 makes per game and is in the top-20 in the NCAA! @marchmadness #ColumbiaMBB pic.twitter.com/Hv12PHAXFY— Columbia Basketball (@CULionsMBB) January 23, 2018
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has had an impressive 2017-18, averaging 17.8 points - good for fourth in the Ivy League - leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.5) and is second in steals (1.5). The Burr Ridge, Illinois, 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.
Lukas Meisner is having breakout junior campaign, averaging 10.5 points on a 43.8 clip from 3-point range. Meisner is second in the Ancient Eight lead, posting 6.5 rebounds per game and has two double-doubles, which is second most in the conference. The Braunschweig, Germany, product 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.
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.