Holy Cross at Bucknell
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Bucknell Bison -8 -- Over/Under: 140
The Holy Cross Crusaders will travel to Sojka Pavilion to take on the Bucknell Bison this Thursday night in the Quarterfinals of the Patriot League Men’s Championship.
The Holy Cross Crusaders (16-16) kept their season alive after upsetting the Lafayette Leopards, 79-74, last night in the 1st round of the Patriot League Men’s Championship. Holy Cross finished their regular season with just a 6-12 conference record which earned them the 10-seed in the conference tournament, however, was able to revenge a loss at Lafayette earlier this season with their victory on Tuesday. In the victory, Holy Cross was solid from the field and was able to hang on late after taking a 10-point lead with 9:04 left in regulation. Holy Cross shot 50.0% from the field and committed just 7 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Jehyve Floyd who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, Holy Cross is averaging 67.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Holy Cross has been led by Jacob Grandison (13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Jehyve Floyd (12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.4 bpg), Austin Butler (12.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg), and Caleb Green (10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Holy Cross is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of -8.4 and a turnover margin of 4.0.
The Bucknell Bison finished their regular season with an overall record of 19-11 and earned the 2-seed in the Patriots League Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with a 13-5 record. Bucknell struggled down the stretch, losing their last 3 road games, however, the Bison showed us in their non-conference schedule that they have the talent to cause some trouble as they picked up impressive early season wins over Vermont, Rhode Island, and UNLV. Bucknell has been led by their offense this season as the Bison come into this game ranked 90th in scoring offense, 53rd in three-pointers made per game, and 56th in FT%.
On the season, Bucknell is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bucknell has been led by Kimbal Mackenzie (16.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Nate Sestina (15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg), Bruce Moore (10.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg), and Jimmy Sotos (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Bucknell is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Crusaders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Bison are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
Holy Cross & Bucknell split their regular season series as the Crusaders won by a 72-71 margin at home in mid-February while the Bison won by a 93-78 margin at home in mid-January.
Bucknell isn’t coming into the post-season play with a lot of momentum, however, there is no denying that the Bison are the better team here. Holy Cross is just 6-10 on the road this season, while Bucknell posts a solid 10-3 home record. Bucknell has won their last three games at home against Holy Cross by at least 14 points and as I think the Bison offense will have success at home against the Crusaders defense that ranks just 282nd in defensive FG%, I’m taking Bucknell to advance and cover this large home spread. Good Luck!