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

Southern Jaguars (22-12) vs. Holy Cross Crusaders (14-19)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm (University of Dayton Arena)

The Line: Southern Jaguars -2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Tru Tv

The Holy Cross Crusaders will play the Southern Jaguars in one of the First Four Games of the NCAA Tournament.

The Southern Jaguars were 22-12 (11-7) this season and were able to win the SWAC tournament. Southern defeated Alabama State (83-63), Texas Southern (81-73), and Jackson State (54-53) in their SWAC tournament games. Before the conference tournament, Southern finished the regular season by losing 4 of their last 5 games. Southern is averaging 72.9 points per game while giving up 69 points per game. Southern is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 10.9 assists per game. Adrian Rodgers is averaging 16.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for Southern. Trelun Banks is averaging 12.6 points per game and 2.2 assists per game for the Jaguars. Southern is shooting 66.9% on free throws, 35.3% on three-pointers, and 44.6% on all field goal attempts.

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

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The Holy Cross Crusaders were 14-19 (5-13) this season and were able to win the Patriot Conference tournament. Holy Cross defeated Loyola (72-67), Bucknell (77-72), Army (60-38), and Lehigh (59-56) in their Patriot Conference tournament games. Before the conference tournament, Holy Cross finished the regular season by losing their last 5 games. Holy Cross is averaging 65.3 points per game while giving up 69.7 points per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 30.1 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Malachi Alexander is averaging 12 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Holy Cross. Robert Champion is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders. Holy Cross is shooting 69.3% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 41.3% on all field goal attempts.

Southern is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The under is 9-3 in Southern’s last 12 games. Holy Cross is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games. Holy Cross is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 neutral site games for Holy Cross.

This should be a very entertaining game between two teams that were not expected to be in the tournament. Holy Cross did not have a very good regular season but was able to catch fire in their conference tournament. Southern finished with 22 wins, which was the most in the SWAC. Southern has the higher scoring offense, while both teams are similar in points against. Southern has the rebounding advantage and is the better shooting team. I like Southern to advance in this one. 

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Southern Jaguars -2.5

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