Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Crusaders versus the Raiders? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, NY. The odds for this Patriot League conference game currently have Colgate as the -18 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 142 points.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS VS COLGATE RAIDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +18

This game will be played at Cotterell Court at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Raiders.
  • Even though we have Colgate winning straight-up, we like Holy Cross at +18.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Crusaders Find a Way to Win in Hamilton?

Despite being 18-point underdogs, Holy Cross will look to build on their 84-68 win over Army. So far this season, the Crusaders have gone 7-22 as underdogs, and they are 10-22 overall.

On the road this year, Holy Cross is 5-13, and they have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games away from home. For the season, the Crusaders have been outscored by an average of 11.3 points per game on the road.

As the underdog this season, Holy Cross has gone 9-20 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-11, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last three road games, the Crusaders are 1-2 ATS, and their road ATS record for the season is 3-7 over their last 10.

This season, the over/under record for Holy Cross games is 17-13-1 with an average over/under line of 137.6. Today’s line of 142 is higher than the average line in their games, but the average scoring in their games is 140.7 points per contest. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average of 154 points per game.

The Holy Cross offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against Army. They posted a field goal percentage of 52.9% and connected on 12 threes. The top scorer for the Crusaders was Joseph Octave with 28 points, while Bo Montgomery also added 14 to the scoreboard.

Coming into today’s game, the Holy Cross defense is giving up an average of 74.4 points per contest. Against Army, the Crusaders’ defense gave up 68 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Army only made 8 free-throws.

Will Colgate Make it Happen at Home?

Colgate has been a much better team at home this season, going 11-3 compared to 11-6 on the road. They have won their last two games and are 22-9 overall. In Patriot League action, they have been outstanding, going 17-2.

Lehigh was the Raiders’ last opponent, and they won that game 63-60. Over their last 10 home games, Colgate is 8-2. They are favored by 18 points tonight, and they have been the favorite in 24 of their 31 games this season.

As the favorite, Colgate has gone 13-10-1 against the spread this year and they are 8-6 vs. the spread at home. Over their last three home games, the Raiders’ ATS record is 1-2 and they are 5-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 games at home.

Today’s over/under line of 142 is higher than the average over/under line in Colgate’s games this season (139.5). So far, 24 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 129 points.

Compared to their season average of 71.2 points per game, Colgate struggled in their previous game. Against Lehigh, the Raiders scored 63 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 49%. For the season, the Colgate offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 346th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

So far this season, the Colgate defense has been performing well, ranking 14th in the country at 63.4 points allowed per contest. Against Lehigh in their most recent game, the Colgate defense gave up a total of 60 points while allowing Lehigh to hit 40% of their shots.