Holy Cross vs. Southern - 3/16/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Holy Cross Crusaders (13-19) at Southern Jaguars (22-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm (Dayton Arena)
The Line: Southern Jaguars -2.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds
The Holy Cross Crusaders and Southern Jaguars meet Wednesday in the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena.
The Holy Cross Crusaders look to advance after winning the Patriot League. The Holy Cross Crusaders are averaging 71.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 42 percent shooting. Malachi Alexander is averaging 12 points and 2.9 assists while Robert Champion is averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Karl Charles is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Thompson is dishing 2.6 assists. The Holy Cross Crusaders are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Crusaders are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Holy Cross Crusaders have not played a neutral game this season.
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The Southern Jaguars hope to advance after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Southern Jaguars are averaging 65.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Adrian Rodgers is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while Trelun Banks is averaging 12.6 points and 2.2 assists. Shawn Prudhomme is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Christopher Hyder is dishing five assists. The Southern Jaguars are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Jaguars are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Southern Jaguars are 4-1 on neutral courts on this season.
The Jaguars are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Crusaders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Southern will have the best player on the court in Adrian Rodgers, and it has the big advantage on the glass. Holy Cross also hasn't played a tough schedule besides an early blowout loss to Kansas. The Jags should be able to cover this tiny number in this spot.