American Eagles (4-10) vs. Holy Cross Crusaders (3-13)
January 13, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Holy Cross Crusaders -1.5 / American Eagles +1.5; Over/Under: +141
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The American Eagles and the Holy Cross Crusaders meet in college basketball action from the Hart Center on Thursday night.
The American Eagles will look to snap a three-game losing streak after a 79-53 loss to Boston University last time out. Stacy Beckton Jr. leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.2 PPG and 4.4 RPG as the lone double-digit scorer for American up to this point in the season. Johnny O’Neil has 9.8 PPG with a team-high 5.3 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass and Colin Smalls has a team-high 2.9 APG as well as 9.6 PPG this season. Matt Rogers is also chipping in 9.9 PPG for American on the year. As a team, American is averaging 64.4 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 31.8% from three and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing 77.1 PPG on 49.3% shooting from the field and 36.7% from three this season.
The Holy Cross Crusaders will try to rebound after a 77-69 loss to Lehigh in their last game. Gerrale Gates leads the Crusaders in scoring and rebounding with 13.9 PPG along with 7.7 RPG while Kyrell Luc has 12.1 PPG with a team-high 2 APG and Judson Martindale has 10.5 PPG with 4.3 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Holy Cross so far this season. As a team, Holy Cross is averaging 66.5 PPG on 42.4% shooting from the field, 34.3% from three and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing 71.8 PPG on 46.8% shooting from the field and 33.7% from three this season.
American is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. Holy Cross is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400 while the over is 13-3 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I’m not rushing to the window to bet this game, but if forced to pick, I’d side with the under. These are two teams that are having issues on both ends of the floor, but I think this is a game where both teams see some improvement on the defensive end, mainly because I’m not sure if either side will consistently be able to make shots. I think both teams hang out in the 60s here if we even get that high, so give me the under here.