The Bison and Crusaders are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Crusaders will host the game at Hart Center in Worcester, MA. Bucknell is favored by -3.5 in this Patriot League conference contest against Holy Cross. The game’s over/under currently sits at 134 points.

BUCKNELL BISON VS HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +3.5

This game will be played at Hart Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.

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 +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bison Offense Score Enough on the Road?

After losing to Colgate 62-50, Bucknell has now lost three straight games and is 10-17 overall. The Bison are 7-7 in Patriot League play and will look to get back on track against Holy Cross.

For the season, Bucknell is 6-9 on the road, and over their last ten road games, they have gone 5-5. On average, the Bison have been outscored by 4.5 points per game on the road.

As the favorite this season, Bucknell has gone 4-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bison are 5-5. On the road, Bucknell has an ATS mark of 10-5 this year and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games.

On the season, the over/under record for Bucknell games is 12-14-1. Today’s over/under line of 134 is very close to the average over/under line in their games this season (134.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and their games have averaged 128 points over that stretch. On the year, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 134.

In their recent matchup, the Bucknell offense ended with 50 points against Colgate. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 31% and made 5 threes. Jack Forrest is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 16.6 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Noah Williamson brings a PPG average of 12.4 into the game.

At present, the Bison’s defense is nationally ranked 112nd, allowing 69.7 points per game. Bucknell’s three-point defense is currently 187th in the country at 7.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.9% of their shots vs. Bucknell.

Will the Crusaders Defense Show Up at Home?

Today, Holy Cross is a 3.5-point underdog at home against Bucknell. The Crusaders have struggled at home this season, going just 3-8 compared to 4-11 on the road.

So far, Holy Cross is 5-19 as the underdog, while Bucknell is 2-0 when favored. The Crusaders are coming off a 59-53 loss to Army, and they have dropped two straight games.

As the underdog this season, Holy Cross has gone 7-17 vs. the spread. Their home ATS mark is 3-8, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 3-6 in their last 10 games.

This season, the over/under record in Holy Cross games is 14-11-1 and today’s line of 134 is lower than the average over/under mark in their games (138.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 121 points and their OU record during this stretch is 0-2-1. On the year, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

In their latest game, Holy Cross offense put up 53 points against Army. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 32.8% and made 5 threes. In terms of offense, the Crusaders have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 287th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 136th in percentage and 198th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Crusaders’ defense holds the 233rd rank in the nation, allowing 74.3 points per game. So far, the Holy Cross defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.1 times per game (508th).