Harvard Crimson vs. Holy Cross Crusaders - 11/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Holy Cross Crusaders (0-0) at Harvard Crimson (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Holy Cross Crusaders will take on the Harvard Crimson in the Coaches vs. Cancer Massachusetts tripleheader at the TD Garden this Sunday Evening.
Holy Cross and Coach Milan Brown will open their season projected to be one of the top teams in the Patriot League. For the Crusaders to be successful this season, Coach Brown will need to find a way to replace big man Dave Dudzinski (15.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) who was by far the focal point of the Holy Cross squad last year. Coach Brown will have a veteran team back as outside of Dudzinski, the Crusaders will be returning four starters. Leading Holy Cross this year will be Seniors Malcom Miller (11.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg) and Justin Burrell (8.9 ppg, 2.4 apg). Coach Brown also will hope for production from both Taylor Abt and Malachi Alexander to help replace the production lost by the departure of Dudzinski.
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By now, anyone who follows college basketball knows the incredible job Head Coach Tommy Amaker has done with the Crimson since he took over the program in 2007. Harvard opened the season ranked 25th in the polls and is looking to once again and Amaker is looking to once again take this team back to the NCAA tournament for the 4th straight season. The Crimson are led by pre-season All-American Guard Wesley Saunders and 2015 Bob Cousy Award Watch List nominee, Point Guard Siyani Chambers. Harvard dismantled the M.I.T. engineers 73-52 in their season opener this past Friday night, and were led by Saunders who a nice all-around game (15 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl) and Chambers who also poured in 15 points while going 4-4 from long-range. As the season rolls on Tommy Amaker will be looking at All-Ivy league Forward Steve Moundou-Missi and Sophomore guard Corbin Miller to help the Crimson not only win the Ivy league for the 4th straight year, but be one of top teams in the country for 14-15 season.
The Crusaders are 4-0 ATS in their last Sunday games, however, just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games. The Crimson is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
The Holy Cross Crusaders are going to be a very tough team in the Patriot League this year, and it’s certainly a team that Harvard can’t overlook this Sunday night. There is a part of me that wants to take Holy Cross in this match-up but I can’t go against the dynamic duo of Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers before I see how life will be like for Holy Cross without David Dudzinski. I’ll take the Harvard Crimson to cover the spread in this one.