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Holy Cross vs. Boston University - 2/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston University at Holy Cross
Date & Time Monday February 18, 2019, 7:05 PM (EST)
Location
Hart Center
Worcester, MA
The Line
Holy Cross Crusaders -4.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Boston University Terriers will travel to the Hart Center to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Boston University Terriers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 11-16 (4-10 Patriot) on the season after being defeated by the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 84-79, this past Saturday. Boston University had no answers on the defensive end for the Mountain Hawks and couldn’t fight back after Lehigh took a 74-56 lead with 5:36 left in regulation. Boston University allowed Lehigh to shoot 52.9% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Terriers was Tyler Scanlon who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.

On the season, Boston University is averaging 71.2 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Terriers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boston University has been led by Max Mahoney (16.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg), Tyler Scanlon (14.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Javante McCoy (11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Alex Vilarino (6.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Boston University is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Terriers currently rank 209th in scoring margin as Boston University is being outscored by an average of 1.9 ppg.

The Holy Cross Crusaders snapped their 2-game losing steak and improved to 14-13 (5-9 Patriot) on the season after defeating the Bucknell Bison, 72-71, this past Saturday. Holy Cross trailed by a 34-31 margin at halftime, however, was solid offensively in the 2nd half and was able to secure the win after Matt Faw hit a game-winning three-pointer with just 6.3 seconds left in regulation. Holy Cross shot 42.4% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 23-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Jehyve Floyd who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Holy Cross is averaging 67.2 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Holy Cross has been led by Jacob Grandison (14.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Austin Butler (13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg), Jehyve Floyd (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Caleb Green (11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Holy Cross is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Crusaders currently rank 190th in scoring margin as Holy Cross is being outscored by an average of 0.9 ppg.

Boston University is 8-7 ATS on the road this season while the Terriers are 12-14 ATS overall on the season. Holy Cross is just 4-8 ATS at home this season and 12-15 ATS overall on the season.

Boston University has lost 8 of their last 10 games, however, one of those victories was a solid 68-54 victory over Holy Cross at home. Holy Cross has also lost 8 of their last 10 games, however, have won 3 of their last 4 games at home, including their recent impressive victory over Bucknell. This game has yet to be lined, however, I think Boston University is the better team here and as they have a winning record ATS on the road, I’m initially leaning on taking the Terriers in what I expect to be pretty much a pick-em game. Check back later for updates! Good Luck!

Pick:
Boston University +4.5

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