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La Salle vs. Holy Cross - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Holy Cross Crusaders (2-4) at La Salle Explorers (4-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:30 am (SSE Arena Belfast)

The Line: La Salle Explorers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Holy Cross Crusaders and La Salle Explorers will square off in the consolation game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic at SSE Arena this Saturday afternoon.

The Holy Cross Crusaders lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Manhattan Jaspers, 70-54, yesterday afternoon. Holy Cross struggled offensively throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after Manhattan opened the 2nd half on a 13-3 run that gave the Jaspers a 70-54 lead with 13:52 left in regulation. Holy Cross shot 44.9% from the field and was outrebounded by a 31-24 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Caleb Green who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. Prior to their matchup against Manhattan, Holy Cross was averaging 69.2 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Holy Cross has been led by Karl Charles (14.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg), Caleb Green (12.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 apg), Patrick Benzan (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 spg), and Jehyve Floyd (10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, Holy Cross was holding their opponents to an average of 77.2 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of -11.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

La Salle vs. Holy Cross - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The La Salle Explorers dropped to 4-4 on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 67-60, yesterday afternoon. In a tight back and forth game, La Salle couldn’t pull out the victory after being held to just 2-points in the last 3:01 of regulation. La Salle shot 36.0% from the field and 34.6% (9-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Explorers was B.J. Johnson who had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Going into their matchup against Towson, La Salle was averaging 69.7 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Explorers were averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 26.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, La Salle has been led by B.J. Johnson (22.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.6 spg), Pookie Powell (16.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg), Amar Stukes (6.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and Isiah Deas (6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Defensively, La Salle was allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Explorers had a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Crusaders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Explorers are 16-35-2 ATS in their last 53 games following a straight up win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

Holy Cross picked up a nice win early in the season against a very good Harvard team, however, it’s been a struggle for the Crusaders as they’ve struggled on both ends of the court and have been getting dominated on the boards. La Salle has two talented players in B.J. Johnson and Pookie Powell, however, they Explorers lack depth and can struggle on the offensive end as they are one of the worst shooting teams in the country. La Salle should be favored by a mid-range spread once the line is released and although I hate when teams rely for so much production on just one or two players, I just don’t see how the Crusaders will be able to slow down B.J. Johnson or Pookie Powell in this one. Please check back once the line has been released, however, my initial thoughts are with La Salle.

Please Note: The Team/Individual Statistics currently don’t include the games Holy Cross and La Salle played last night. 

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