Holy Cross Crusaders (2-2) at Siena Saints (2-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:00 am (Mohegan Sun Arena)
The Line: Siena Saints +4.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Siena Saints and Holy Cross Crusaders will face off in the Championship game of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament – Springfield Bracket this Sunday morning at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Siena Saints won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Norfolk State Spartans, 61-58, this past Friday. Siena fought back from a 31-26 halftime deficit to take a 54-47 lead with 8:17 left in regulation and held on late to secure the victory. Siena shot 41.9% from the field and 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc while holding Norfolk to just 39.3% shooting from the field. The Saints lost the rebound margin by a 35-26 margin however, committed just 10 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Saints was Jalen Pickett who had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
On the season, Siena is averaging 65.7 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 12.0 three-pointers per game on 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Jalen Pickett (12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Sloan Seymour (11.7 ppg), Evan Fisher (10.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Kevin Degnan (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 65.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Holy Cross Crusaders snapped a 2-game losing steak and improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Stony Brook Seawolves, 84-70, this past Friday. Holy Cross was outstanding on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after a 16-3 run to start the 2nd half gave the Crusaders a 59-39 lead with 12:24 left in regulation. Holy Cross shot 50.0% from the field while holding Stony Brook to just 39.3% from the field and 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Holy Cross was outrebounded by Stony Brook by a 36-28 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 12-6 margin. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Jacob Grandison who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Holy Cross is averaging 68.8 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Holy Cross has been led by Austin Butler (13.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Jacob Grandison (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Caleb Green (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Matt Faw (8.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Defensively, Holy Cross is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of -5.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Saints are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Crusaders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
Siena has picked up back to back wins, however, I’m still very hesitant in concerning that Siena is a decent team this season as this is a team that is very inexperienced and looks like has very little scoring punch. Holy Cross had an impressive win agianst Stony Brook and should be a contender in the Patriot League this season and are primed to have a successful season with an experience team that should be solid on the defensive end. Holy Cross has already played some tough competition in Michigan & Providence this season and as I just think they are more talented on both ends of the court, I’m taking the Crusaders to cover this spread.