Last Updated: 2019-02-10
The Holy Cross Crusaders (13-11, 4-7 Pat) can end a five-game road losing streak when they take on the Lafayette Leopards (6-16, 3-8 Pat) at Kirby Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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In the Crusaders’ last game, they were victorious over the Army West Point Black Knights, 56-42. With 14 points and 10 rebounds, Holy Cross’ Austin Butler put together a solid performance. The Crusaders forced 20 turnovers and held the Black Knights to an effective field goal percentage of 0.321 (below their season average of 0.506).
The Leopards hope to keep it rolling after topping the Boston University Terriers in their last matchup, 79-72. Lukas Jarrett played well for Lafayette, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds. The Leopards had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.632 (above their season average of 0.515), while the Terriers had a free throw rate of 0.104 (below their season average of 0.169).
It will be a showdown of conflicting tempos as the up-and-down Leopards (ranked 65th in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the more half-court-oriented Crusaders (342nd in possessions per game). Ball protection should be an advantage for the Crusaders. They rank 39th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.5 percent), while the Leopards force the 29th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 16.2 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Crusaders won 77-70. The Crusaders dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.167 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 27.6. The Leopards were 0.018 and 16.7, respectively, for those same stats. Jehyve Floyd was the game’s top overall scorer with 25 points.
Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Lafayette Leopards Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Lafayette, ATS Winner – Lafayette, O/U – Under
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The Crusaders rank 55th in steals per game (7.5) while the Leopards rank 106th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
Lafayette ranks 17th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Holy Cross ranks 60th (2.9).
Holy Cross ranks 27th in assists per game (16.3) while Lafayette ranks 134th (13.6).
The Leopards average 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 83rd in the nation. The Crusaders rank 175th in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
Lafayette ranks 209th in rebounds per game (34.0) while Holy Cross ranks 288th (28.0).
The Leopards’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 4.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 57.0 points per game (9.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (4.5 below their season average).