Lions welcome back fans as they prepare to host Yale on Saturday

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NEW YORK – For the first time since December, Columbia men’s basketball will welcome all fans to Schiller Court at the Levien Gymnasium when they take on Yale on Saturday, February 12. The Lions (4-17, 1-7) and Bulldogs (13-9, 7-1) are scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Please find detailed Columbia site policies here. The game will also air live on ESPN+ and a replay of the game can be seen Saturday night on SNY at 7 p.m.

IN-GAME PROMOTIONS

– The first 250 fans receive a free rally towel
– A student has a chance to win $10,000 (it’s a half court shot)
– A student will win a JBL speaker

 



OPENING BOARD

• Columbia and Yale will end their season series on Saturday afternoon. From there, the Lions will spend the next two weekends on the road before closing out the regular season at home against Cornell.

• Columbia announced that the athletics department can return to 100% attendance starting Feb. 7 for spectators who meet university, city and state health and safety guidelines.

• Columbia will play its last consecutive game of the season when it takes to the road against Harvard and Dartmouth on February 18-19.

NEWS/NOTES

YALE STATUS
The Bulldogs topped Harvard for the second time in five days after playing a rescheduled game Wednesday night. Yale, which sits at No. 1 in the Ivy League standings, is led by Azar Swain (19.2 PPG), who torched Columbia for 37 points on 6-for-8 3-point shooting on Jan. 25.

IN THE SERIES
Columbia is 126-114 against Yale in a series dating back to the 1901-02 season. The Bulldogs’ 83-72 win last month was their 10th victory against the Lions in the last 11 meetings.

INJURIES BUG BITES LIONS
Columbia found themselves without the services of Ike Nweke, Liam MurphyEddie Turner and Josh Odunowo late due to injury. Nweke (15.9 PPG) and Murphy (12.0 PPG) are two of the Lions’ top scorers. Turner became the starting point guard and was adding 8.9 PPG and Odunowo was recording nearly nine points and six rebounds per game in 12 games. Columbia has had 12 different players miss at least one game in 2021-22 due to injury and illness (COVID and flu). Losses to injury and illness led to 11 different starting combinations. Only Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa has appeared in all 21 games so far.

THE IVY LEAGUE ON ESPN+
All Columbia home games and most Ivy League road competitions will be shown on ESPN+ as part of the Ivy League’s new partnership with ESPN. ESPN+ is a new subscription service that offers monthly ($4.99) and annual ($49.99) plans. Click here to subscribe to ESPN+ and start your free trial! Click here for frequently asked questions about the Ivy League on ESPN.

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