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American Eagles vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/8/14 Patriot League Semifinal

Holy Cross Crusaders (19-12) at American Eagles (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Bender Arena)

The Line: American Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Holy Cross shoots for the upset of the American Eagles in the Patriot League semis on Saturday.

Holy Cross has been riding an above average defense successfully in 2013-14 and this unit didn't let them down in Wednesday's 54-48 victory over Lehigh that sent the Eagles to the conference semifinals. This one was close throughout with the Crusaders surviving on 40% shooting thanks to the D limiting the Mountain Hawks to 32% and only 3-21 from the perimeter which was decisive. The Crusaders received a game high 19 points eight pulls from Malcolm Miller while Dave Dudzinski added 12 points and six yanks followed by Justin Burrell with nine points.

American Eagles vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/8/14 Patriot League Semifinal

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Defense ruled the day in American's 59-50 decision over Colgate that put the Eagles in the Patriot League semifinals versus Holy Cross. AU is one slower and point chalenged squads in the college game but they win behind the #12 defense that gives up a scant 60 points. The Eagles set the tone with a 30-15 lead after 20 minutes by limiting the Raiders to less then 40% accuracy while countering with 47.7% shooting of their own to win the battle of half court attacks. John Schoof gave his team 16 points and six boards followed by a 14 point, ten rebound and five assist effort by Tony Wroblicky while Darius Gardner tossed in 12 points.

American won both mach ups this year but when I look at the schedules Holy Cross seems to have done better versus the same competition which has me looking at the points...

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