Holy Cross Crusaders (0-1) at Boston University Terriers (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Case Gym)
The Line: Boston University Terriers -13 -- Over/Under: 145 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Terriers and the Holy Cross Crusaders meet in college basketball action from Case Gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Boston Terriers come into this game looking to build off of their season-opening 83-76 win over the Crusaders on Monday. Damari Tate led the Terriers with 26 points on 9 of 10 shooting with 4 threes, 10 rebounds and 4 steals for the double-double. Javante McCoy added 17 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists and Sukhmail Mathon chipped in 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 7 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for Boston in the winning effort. As a team, Boston is averaging 83 points on 54.2% shooting from the field, 38.9% from 3-point range and 60% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76 points on 46.3% shooting from the field and 40% from 3-point range this season.
The Holy Cross Crusaders will look to bounce back after dropping their opener against Boston on Monday, looking to settle for a split of the first back-to-back of the year. Austin Butler led the Crusaders with 24 points on 11 of 18 shooting with 8 rebounds and 4 steals while Gerrale Gates chipped in 19 points along with 8 rebounds of his own. Matt Faw contributed 13 points along with 5 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Holy Cross in the winning effort. As a team, Holy Cross is averaging 76 points on 46.3% shooting from the field, 40% from 3-point range and 40% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 83 points on 54.2% shooting from the field and 38.9% from 3-point range this season.
Holy Cross is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Boston is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss.
Okay, I get that the team that’s lost/didn't cover the first game of a lot of these back-to-back scenarios has come back to win the second game, but that trend has kind of levelled out a bit since conference play started and quite frankly, I don’t feel comfortable laying an extra bucket with a Boston team that couldn't cover as 11-point favorites against these same Holy Cross Crusaders less than 24 hours ago. I don’t expect anything to change strategy wise, it’s all going to come down to if the missed shots fall tonight or vice versa, so I’ll take my chances with Holy Cross and the points here.