Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Greyhounds versus the Crusaders? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Hart Center in Worcester, MA. This Patriot League conference matchup has an over/under of 134 points, and the Crusaders are favored to win at home vs. the Greyhounds.
LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS VS HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders -1
This game will be played at Hart Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Crusaders.
- Not only will Holy Cross pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 134 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Will the Greyhounds Win on the Road?
After a 66-52 loss to American, Loyola Maryland enters this game with a 3-15 record. They have lost two games in a row and are 1-4 in Patriot League play.
So far this season, Loyola Maryland has been an underdog in 15 of their 18 games, going 2-13 in those contests. On the road, they are 2-9, and their average scoring margin is -12.3 points per game.
As the underdog this season, Loyola Maryland has a record of 6-9 vs. the spread and an overall ATS mark of 6-11. On the road, the Greyhounds are 6-5 vs. the spread and have gone 1-2 in their last three games as the underdog.
Today’s over/under line of 134 is exactly in line with the average over/under line in Loyola Maryland’s games this season (138.9). So far, the over/under record in their games this year is 9-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 123 points compared to a season average of 138.6 points per game. Currently, their over/under record over their last 10 games is 4-5.
Compared to their season average of 65.3 points per game, Loyola Maryland struggled in their previous game. Against American, the Greyhounds scored 52 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 40.4%. Deon Perry is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.5. Meanwhile, D’Angelo Stines also brings a PPG average of 9.7 into the game.
On defense, Loyola Maryland is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 73.8 points per game. So far, the Loyola Maryland defense is giving up an average of 7.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.7 times per game (679th).
Can the Crusaders Live Up to the Hype at Home?
After losing their last game, 72-68, to Lafayette, Holy Cross will look to snap their six-game losing streak at home. So far this season, the Crusaders are 0-6 at home, and their average scoring margin at home is -11.7 points per game.
Overall, Holy Cross is 4-14, and they have gone 1-4 in Patriot League play. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -12.5 points per game, and they are 3-8 away from home.
When looking at Holy Cross’ ATS record this season, they are just 5-12. At home, they have yet to cover the spread this year, going 0-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Crusaders are just 3-7 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Holy Cross is 9-8. Today’s line of 134 is lower than the average over/under line of 139.7 in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 141 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the Holy Cross offense ended with 68 points against Lafayette. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 45.6% and made 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Caleb Kenney with 15 points. Joseph Octave also added 12 points for the Crusaders.
Currently, the Crusaders’ defense holds the 243rd rank in the nation, allowing 75.7 points per game. In their previous game vs. Lafayette, the Leopards finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 72 points vs. Holy Cross.