Brown looks to sweep Columbia
Columbia (7-17, 2-8) vs. Brown (17-9, 5-5)
Paul Bailey Pizzitola Sports Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Friday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brown goes for the season sweep over Columbia after winning the previous matchup in New York. The teams last met on Feb. 16, when the Bears outshot Columbia 40 percent to 37.7 percent and hit 15 more foul shots en route to a 65-63 victory.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Brown’s Tamenang Choh has averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while Desmond Cambridge has put up 16.1 points. For the Lions, Gabe Stefanini has averaged 14 points, 5.1 rebounds and four assists while Quinton Adlesh has put up 13.8 points.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Lions have allowed just 72.8 points per game across 10 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 76.8 per game they allowed against non-conference opponents.
CREATING OFFENSE: Stefanini has made or assisted on 45 percent of all Columbia field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 17 assists in those games.
BEHIND THE ARC: Columbia’s Adlesh has made 38.8 percent of his 160 3-point attempts this season, and is 9 for 33 over the last five games. For Brown, Cambridge has connected on 31.9 percent of his 204 attempts from deep and is 9 for 34 over his last five games.
STREAK STATS: Brown has scored 78 points per game and allowed 71.3 over a three-game home winning streak.
DID YOU KNOW: Brown is rated second among Ivy League teams with an average of 74.6 points per game.