The Crusaders and Mountain Hawks are set to face off at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The Mountain Hawks will host the game at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. The over/under for this game is set at 148 points, and the Mountain Hawks are the home favorites against the Crusaders in a Patriot League conference matchup.
HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS VS LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +8.5
This game will be played at Stabler Arena at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Mountain Hawks.
- Even though we have Lehigh winning straight-up, we like Holy Cross at +8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 148 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.
Can Holy Cross Pull Off A Win at Stabler Arena?
After losing their last game to Navy by a score of 80-70, Holy Cross is now 3-13 on the season and have lost nine games in a row. They are also 0-3 in Patriot League action compared to their 3-10 non-conference record.
As the underdog, the Crusaders have gone 1-13, and they are 2-8 on the road this year. Their average margin of defeat on the road is -14.1 points per game.
Against the spread, Holy Cross has gone just 4-11 this season. On the road, they are 4-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Crusaders have an ATS mark of 3-11 this year and are just 1-9 in their last 10 games as the underdog.
Today’s over/under line of 148 is higher than the average OU line of 139.7 in Holy Cross games this season. Their over/under record for the year is 8-7. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 134 points. For the season, the average scoring total in their games is 141.4 points.
In their previous game, the Crusaders’ offense finished with 70 points, which is right in line with their current average of 65.3 points per contest. Leading the team in scoring was Joseph Octave with 20 points. Will Batchelder also added 15 points for the Crusaders.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, Holy Cross is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.5 points per game (268th). So far, the Holy Cross defense is giving up an average of 9.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.2 times per game (584th).
Do the Mountain Hawks Stand a Chance at Home?
Lehigh enters today’s game with a 4-10 record, including a 1-2 mark in Patriot League action. At home, the Mountain Hawks are 0-3, and they have lost three straight games at home.
On the season, Lehigh has been an underdog in eight of its games, going 1-7 in those contests. As the favorite, the Mountain Hawks have a record of 1-3.
Lehigh’s ATS record this season is 7-5. As the favorite, the Mountain Hawks have gone 1-3 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Lehigh is 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 1-2 this season and over their last three home games, they are 0-2 vs. the spread.
Lehigh’s over/under record for the season is 6-6 and today’s line of 148 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (146.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points and their OU record in those games is 2-1. So far, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 148.
The Lehigh offense is coming off a game in which they scored 80 points vs. Bucknell. Overall their field goal percentage was 45.6% while connecting on 7 threes. Jalin Sinclair led the team in scoring, putting up 20 points. Additionally, Bube Momah contributed 19 points for the Mountain Hawks.
The Mountain Hawks’ defense is presently ranked 238th nationally, allowing an average of 74.7 points per contest. So far, the Lehigh defense is giving up an average of 6.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.2 times per game (588th).