The Holy Cross Crusaders (2-14, 1-2 Pat) will attempt to end an eight-game road losing streak when they clash with the Bucknell Bison (6-10, 2-1 Pat) at Sojka Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Bucknell Bison Odds Preview
In the Crusaders’ last contest, they were blown out by the Lafayette Leopards, 82-64. Holy Cross’ Connor Niego put together a good game, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Lafayette did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (19-22; 86.4 percent). Holy Cross, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.9 vs. 16.5).
The Bison are trying to rebound after their 60-56 loss to the Navy Midshipmen in their last outing. John Meeks led Bucknell in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Navy did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (20-25; 80.0 percent). Bucknell, meanwhile, forced the Midshipmen into a turnover percentage of 27.4 (above their season average of 17.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Bison won two out of three meetings played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Bucknell won 77-65. The Bison dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.158 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.596. The Crusaders were 0.082 and 0.492, respectively, for those same stats.
Holy Cross Crusaders at Bucknell Bison ATS Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Bucknell, ATS Winner – Holy Cross, O/U – Over
Bucknell averages 6.6 steals per game, which ranks 119th in the NCAA. Holy Cross ranks 170th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
The Bison rank 41st in three pointers allowed per game (18.7) while the Crusaders rank 91st (20.8).
Holy Cross ranks 215th in rebounds per game (33.6) while Bucknell ranks 240th (32.8).
The Bison’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (2.9 below their season average).