Holy Cross vs. Stony Brook - 11/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stony Brook Seawolves (2-0) at Holy Cross Crusaders (1-2)
College Basketball: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Mohegan Sun Arena)
The Line: Holy Cross Crusaders +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Holy Cross Crusaders and Stony Brook Seawolves will face off this Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
The Holy Cross Crusaders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-2 on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars, 70-61, this past Tuesday. Holy Cross battled Providence and trailed by just a 59-57 margin, however, the Crusaders couldn’t fight back after an ensuing 7-0 Friars run gave Providence a 66-57 lead with just 1:56 left in regulation. Holy Cross shot just 36.1% from the field while allowing Providence to shoot 45.8% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc. Holy Cross was outrebounded by a 41-36 margin and committed 14 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Jacob Grandison who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
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On the season, Holy Cross is averaging 63.7 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Holy Cross has been led by Austin Butler (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Jacob Grandison (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Caleb Green (10.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg). Defensively, Holy Cross is holding their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Stony Brook Seawolves improved to 2-0 on the young season after an impressive 83-81 victory on the road agianst the South Carolina Gamecocks this past Friday. In a tight back and forth game, Stony Brook was able to hang on late after a 7-3 Seawolves run gave Stony Brook an 81-73 lead with just 2:48 left in regulation. Stony Brook just 38.6% from the field, however, was an impressive 10 for 22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc in the victory. Stony Brook outrebounded South Carolina by a 49-33 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 15-10 margin. Leading the way for the Seawolves was Akwasi Yeboah who had a double-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Stony Brook is averaging 80.0 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Seawolves are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stony Brook has been led by Akwasi Yeboah (18.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Elijah Olaniyi (17.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Miles Latimer (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg), and Andrew Garcia (12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Stony Brook is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Seawolves have a rebound margin of 12.0 and are averaging 5.0 steals per game.
The Crusaders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Seawolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
Holy Cross is an experienced team that can give you fits on the defensive end however, Stony Brook has been mighty impressive in their first two games with wins on the road against George Washington & South Carolina. Stony Brook should have a decent advantage on the boards in this one and as I think they have the best player on the court in Akwasi Yeboah, I think the Seawolves continue their winning ways in this one and cover this small spread.