Betting on today’s Mountain Hawks and Crusaders game? Catch the action at Hart Center in Worcester, MA, as the Crusaders hosts this showdown at 12:00 ET on CBSS. In this Patriot League matchup, Lehigh is favored by -5 vs. Holy Cross. The over/under for the game is 145.5 points.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS VS HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +5

This game will be played at Hart Center at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Crusaders.
  • Not only will Holy Cross pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can The Mountain Hawks Secure a Win at Worcester?

Lehigh enters this game with a 5-13 overall record, including a 2-5 mark in Patriot League play. The Mountain Hawks have struggled on the road this season, going just 2-9, and they are currently riding a two-game losing streak away from home.

So far, Lehigh has been the underdog in 11 of its 18 games, going 2-9 in those contests. As the favorite, the Mountain Hawks are 1-4. In their most recent game, they fell to Colgate by a score of 60-57.

Lehigh has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 10-6. However, they have struggled vs. the spread when favored, going just 1-4 this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mountain Hawks are just 3-7 vs. the spread. On the road, Lehigh has gone 8-3 vs. the spread this season and they are 7-3 over their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

Lehigh’s over/under record for the season is 6-10, and today’s line of 145.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (146.2). So far, nine of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 3-6.

In their latest game, Lehigh offense put up 57 points against Colgate. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 31% and made 4 threes. Leading Lehigh in scoring vs. Colgate was Tyler Whitney-Sidney with his 12 points. Dominic Parolin also added 12 points for the Mountain Hawks.

At this time, the Mountain Hawks’ defense is positioned 187th in the country, permitting 73.0 points per game. Lehigh will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Colgate to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.

Can the Crusaders Hold Strong at Home?

After losing to American by a score of 84-65, Holy Cross is 5-15 on the season and 2-5 in Patriot League play. At home, the Crusaders are just 1-6 this season and 3-7 in their last 10 games.

As the underdog, Holy Cross is 2-15 this season, and they have been the underdog in 17 of their 20 games. Overall, the Crusaders’ average scoring margin is -8.9 points per game.

At 6-13 against the spread this season, Holy Cross has been a below-average team for bettors. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Crusaders have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Holy Cross’ games this year (139.3). So far this season, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points.

The Holy Cross offense is coming off a game where they scored 65 points against American. They posted a field goal percentage of 48% and connected on 7 threes. Joseph Octave is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 15.2. Meanwhile, Caleb Kenney also brings a PPG average of 10.9 into the game.

Facing Lehigh, Holy Cross aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.2 points allowed per game (245th). In today’s game vs. Lehigh, the Holy Cross defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Holy Cross made 16 free-throws vs. the Crusaders.