The Holy Cross Crusaders (2-13, 1-1 Pat) look to put an end to a seven-game road losing streak when they meet the Lafayette Leopards (8-5, 0-2 Pat) at Kirby Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Lafayette Leopards ATS Preview
The Crusaders edged the Navy Midshipmen in their last matchup, 63-61. Austin Butler was the game’s high scorer with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Holy Cross made 10 of their 22 three pointers (45.5 percent). Navy, on the other hand, was just 2-10 (20.0 percent).
The last time the Leopards played, they were defeated by the Bucknell Bison, 78-66. E.J. Stephens was the game’s high scorer with 15 points on 4-for-10 shooting. Bucknell had a turnover percentage of 8.8 (better than their season average of 18.8). Lafayette, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (15-19; 78.9 percent).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Lafayette figures to have a substantial advantage. The elite Leopards offense ranks 13th in the NCAA in that metric at 0.562, while the suspect Holy Cross defense is ranked 339th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.549). Furthermore, the Crusaders, who rank 340th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.151), could struggle to get to the line against the Leopards, who rank 24th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.155).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Crusaders won two out of three games last season. In the most recent contest, Holy Cross won 79-74. The Crusaders dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.0 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4. The Leopards put up marks of 15.8 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Lafayette Leopards Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Lafayette, ATS Winner – Lafayette, O/U – Over
Lafayette ranks 78th in three pointers attempted per game (24.4) while Holy Cross ranks 92nd in three pointers allowed per game (20.6).
The Leopards’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 3.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 67.0 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.8 points per game (3.1 below their season average).