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Bucknell Bison vs. Holy Cross Crusaders - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Holy Cross Crusaders (11-19) at Bucknell Bison (17-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Sojka Pavilion)

The Line: Bucknell Bison -12.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Holy Cross Crusaders will travel to play the Bucknell Bison in the second round of the Patriot Conference Tournament.

The Bucknell Bison are 17-12 (14-4) and are the #1 seed in the Patriot tournament. Bucknell finished the regular season on a 4 game winning streak and are coming off of a win against Navy by a score of 77-73. Bucknell won both of their meetings against Holy Cross this season by scores of 77-52 and 98-71. Bucknell is averaging 79.2 points per game while giving up 73.1 points per game. Bucknell is also averaging 36.2 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game. Chris Hass is averaging 17.3 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for Bucknell. Nana Foulland is averaging 11.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Bison. Bucknell is shooting 71.6% on free throws, 37.4% on three-pointers, and 47% on all field goal attempts.

Bucknell Bison vs. Holy Cross Crusaders - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Holy Cross Crusaders are 11-19 (5-13) and are the #9 seed in the Patriot tournament. Holy Cross finished the regular season by losing 5 of their last 6 games. Holy Cross is coming off of a win against Loyola (MD) by a score of 72-67. Holy Cross is averaging 65.3 points per game while giving up 71.1 points per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 29.9 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Robert Champion is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for Holy Cross. Malachi Alexander is averaging 11.2 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Crusaders. Holy Cross is shooting 69.8% on free throws, 32.3% on three-pointers, and 41.3% on all field goal attempts.

Holy Cross is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. Holy Cross is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 games following an ATS win for Holy Cross. Bucknell is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. Bucknell is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games. The over is 5-2 in Bucknell’s last 7 games following a win. The home team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Bucknell is the better team in this matchup and is the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Bucknell won both of these two teams meetings in the regular season by more than 20 points. I like Bucknell here.  

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Bucknell Bison -12.5

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