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COLUMBIA (0-0) AT FURMAN (0-0)
November 10, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Timmons Arena (3,000)
The Lions open up the 2012-13 season with elevated expectations after being picked third in the preseason Ivy League Poll. Led by All-Ivy League point guard Brian Barbour and stalwart center Mark Cisco, Columbia will aim to take a jump in the conference standings after finishing 2011-12 with a 15-15 overall record and a 4-10 mark in Ivy League play.
Furman was selected fifh in South Division the preseason SoCon poll. The Paladins posted a 15-16 overall record and an 8-10 league mark in 2011-12. Furman returns five players who started 10 or more games last season, highlighted by junior Charlie Reddick, who averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.
HISTORY NOTES - FURMAN
This marks just the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Last season, Furman pulled out a 62-58 victory at Levien Gymnasium. Despite trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half, the Paladins used a second half rally to get back into the contest and took the lead for good with two minutes left in the contest. Brian Barbour scored 16 points to lead the Lions, and Bobby Austin led all Furman returning players with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
Columbia enters Saturday’s game with a record of 74-37 all-time in season openers. The Lions opened 2011-12 at UConn, where they fell, 70-57, to last year’s defending champions.
LIONS AGAINST THE SO-CON
The Lions have an all-time record of 3-8 against teams currently in the Southern Conference. After their contest with Furman, the Paladins will be the most-common SoCon foe for Columbia, joining The Citadel, who the Lions have faced three times.
Columbia was picked to finish third in the preseason Ivy League poll. The Lions trailed just Princeton and defending conference champion Harvard on the list. It marks just the fourth time in school history Columbia has been picked in the top-three or higher. The program was selected third in 1985-86 and 1992-93 and second in 1991-92.
BARBOUR HAS CLASS
Senior Brian Barbour was named one of 30 men’s basketball candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to an athlete that excels in four areas - community, classroom, character and competition. The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot where fan voting will determine the winner.
LENDING A HELPING HAND
On Nov. 6, members of the men’s basketball team traveled to Far Rockaway to help with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy. The Lions helped clean out basements and garages to several homes that were affected by the storm. In addition the program donated purchased supplies and food to Saint Francis de Sales Church and clothing to the Rockaway Surf Club.
COLUMBIA BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
For the seventh straight season, every Columbia men’s basketball game will be broadcast live on gocolumbialions.com with a professional broadcast team. Jerry Recco will call the play-by-play while former men’s hoops standout Dalen Cuff ‘06 provides color commentary. WKCR 89.9 FM will also call every Columbia home game and select road games.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE ON TWITTER
For in-game updates on the action at home or on the road, be sure to follow the Columbia Athletics official twitter page @gocolumbialions.