Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Black Knights and Crusaders. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Crusaders at Hart Center in Worcester, MA. Get ready to place your bets! Army come into this Patriot League conference matchup as the -2.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 126.5 points.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS VS HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +2.5

This game will be played at Hart Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Crusaders.
  • Not only will Holy Cross pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 126.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Army Defense Show Up on the Road?

Army has been the underdog in 17 of their 26 games, and they have gone 4-13 in those games. However, they are the favorite today, and they are 4-4 in games where they are favored. This season, Army has gone 9-17 overall, and they are 5-8 in Patriot League games.

On the road, Army has gone just 3-9, and their average scoring margin in those games is -4.4. However, they have won their last three games, and their record over their last 10 road games is 3-7. In their most recent game, Army beat Boston 65-50.

When looking at Army’s ATS record this season, they are currently 12-13. On the road, they are 8-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 3 road games, they are 2-1 and over their last 10 road games, they are 7-3. As the favorite this season, Army’s ATS record is just 2-6. Over their last 3 games as the favorite, they are 0-3 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 3-7.

This season, the over/under record for Army games is 9-16. Today’s over/under line of 126.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (130.4). So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 125 points.

In their recent game, the Black Knights’ offense concluded with 65 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 61.1 points per contest. Leading Army in scoring vs. Boston was Abe Johnson with his 16 points. Josh Scovens also added 15 points for the Black Knights.

This season, the Army defense has been impressive, holding the 12th position in the country while permitting an average of 63.1 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Army’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.9% this season.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog Holy Cross?

Through 26 games, Holy Cross has an overall record of 8-18. At home, they are 3-7 compared to 4-11 on the road. As the underdog, the Crusaders are 5-18.

Most recently, Holy Cross lost to Colgate by a score of 85-55. Over their last 10 games at home, the Crusaders have gone 4-6.

As the underdog, Holy Cross has gone 7-16 against the spread this season and they are just 9-16 overall vs. the spread. At home, the Crusaders are 3-7 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 home games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Holy Cross has gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Holy Cross games this season is 14-10-1, and today’s line of 126.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (138.5). So far, 24 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points.

The Holy Cross offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 55 points versus Colgate. During the game, they attempted 22 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 33.8%. On the offensive front, the Crusaders have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 266th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 107th in terms of percentage and 192nd in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Holy Cross defense is giving up an average of 74.9 points per contest. Holy Cross’ three-point defense is currently 227th in the country at 8.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.2% of their shots vs. Holy Cross.