Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Crusaders and Black Knights. The game is starting at 6:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Black Knights at Christl Arena in West Point, NY. Get ready to place your bets! This Patriot League conference matchup has an over/under of 129 points, and Army is favored to win by -4.5 at home vs. Holy Cross.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS VS ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Army Black Knights -4.5

This game will be played at Christl Arena at 6:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Black Knights.
  • Not only will Army pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Crusaders Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Despite being the underdog, Holy Cross has a record of 6-22 in such games this season. On the road, the Crusaders are 4-13, including a 0-3 mark in their last three games away from home.

Overall, Holy Cross has lost three straight games and has a record of 9-22 this season. In their most recent game, the Crusaders fell to Boston by a score of 94-84.

As the underdog this season, Holy Cross has an ATS record of 8-20. On the road, they are just 6-11 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 10-20. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Crusaders have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in Holy Cross games is 16-13-1. Today’s over/under line of 129 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (137.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points.

Holy Cross is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 84 points vs. Boston. This figure is more than their season average of 66 points per game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Joseph Octave who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14. Caleb Kenney also heads into the game with a PPG average of 11.9.

So far, the Crusaders’ defense is ranked 237th in the country at 74.6 points per contest. Holy Cross’ defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Boston offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 94 points.

Does Army Have What it Takes at Home?

Army has lost four straight games, including a 69-68 defeat at the hands of Loyola Maryland. The Black Knights are 10-21 overall and 6-12 in the Patriot League. They have gone 5-10 at home this season.

For the year, Army has been the favorite in 10 games, going 5-5 in those contests. On the other hand, the Black Knights have been the underdog 20 times, posting a 4-16 record.

When looking at Army’s ATS record this season, they are 13-17. At home, their ATS mark is just 4-11. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Black Knights are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 129 is just below the average over/under line in Army’s games this season (129.6). The average scoring total in their games this year is 124.3, which is 5.3 points lower than their average over/under line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 118 points.

The Army offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. Loyola Maryland. Overall their field goal percentage was 57.1% while connecting on 7 threes. The team’s top scorer is Josh Scovens, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 11.9, while Ryan Curry also maintains a PPG average of 10.1 leading up to the game.

In the current season, the Army defense has excelled, sitting 15th in the nation by allowing 63.7 points per game. Army’s three-point defense is currently 80th in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.0% of their shots vs. Army.