Bucknell Bison (7-6) vs. Holy Cross Crusaders (3-10)
December 30, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Holy Cross Crusaders +5.5 / Bucknell Bison -5.5; Over/Under: +140.5
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The Bucknell Bison and Holy Cross Crusaders meet Friday in college basketball action at the Hart Center. The Bucknell Bison look for their eighth win. The Holy Cross Crusaders look for their fourth win.
The Bucknell Bison are averaging 71.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Xander Rice is averaging 15.9 points and 2.6 rebounds, while Andre Screen is averaging 11.3 points and 2 assists. Alex Timmerman is the third double-digit scorer and Elvin Edmonds IV is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Bucknell Bison are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bucknell Bison are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game.
The Holy Cross Crusaders are averaging 66.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Gerrale Gates is averaging 17.1 points and 2.5 assists, while Bo Montgomery is averaging 11.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Jospeh Octave is the third double-digit scorer and Louth-M Coulibaly is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Holy Cross Crusaders are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Holy Cross Crusaders are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The Bison are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Crusaders are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Bison last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Crusaders last 6 Friday games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams, but I’m certainly not going to lay chalk with either side. The Bucknell Bison may be the better team on paper, but they lose on the road by an average of 9 points. Bucknell is also losing its last 5 games by an average of 6.6 points. It’s Holy Cross or pass for me.