Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Midshipmen versus the Crusaders? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Hart Center in Worcester, MA. In this Patriot League matchup, the Midshipmen are the betting favorite against the Crusaders. The over/under for the game is 134.5 points.
NAVY MIDSHIPMEN VS HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +3
This game will be played at Hart Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.
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 +3.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Do the Midshipmen Have a Shot at a Road Win?
After losing their most recent game to Colgate, the Navy Midshipmen will look to get back on track against Holy Cross. On the season, Navy has gone 5-8, including a 1-1 record in Patriot League action.
So far, Navy has yet to win a game on the road, going 0-6. For the season, they have been outscored by an average of 8.7 points per game on the road.
When looking at Navy’s ATS record this season, they are currently 6-5-1. In games where they have been favored, they have gone 3-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Midshipmen have gone 7-3 ATS.
Today’s over/under line of 134.5 is almost identical to the average over/under line in Navy’s games this season (134.8). So far, the Midshipmen’s over/under record is 5-6-1. Across their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points, which is higher than their season average of 133 points per game. In their last three games, Navy has an over/under record of 2-1.
In their previous game, the Midshipmen’s offense finished with 72 points, which is right in line with their current average of 68 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Austin Benigni who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.2. Donovan Draper also heads into the game with a PPG average of 10.5.
At this time, the Midshipmen’s defense is positioned 33rd in the country, permitting 64.3 points per game. In their most recent game, the Navy defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Colgate knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 80 points.
Will the Crusaders Exceed Expectations at Home?
Through 15 games this season, Holy Cross has struggled mightily, posting a record of 3-12. The Crusaders have dropped eight straight contests, and they are still searching for their first win at home this year (0-4).
On the season, Holy Cross has been an underdog in 13 of its 15 games, going just 1-12 in those contests. As for their record in the Patriot League, the Crusaders have yet to pick up a win (0-2).
As the underdog, Holy Cross has gone just 3-10 vs. the spread this season. Their ATS record at home is 0-4 and they are just 1-8 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games. Overall, the Crusaders are 4-10 vs. the spread this year.
So far this season, the over/under record for Holy Cross games is 7-7. Today’s over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (140). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points.
Holy Cross offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 57 points against Army. In that game, they made 6/21 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 40%. In terms of offense, the Crusaders have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 305th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 217th in percentage and 174th in three-pointers made.
Currently, the Crusaders’ defense holds the 244th rank in the nation, allowing 76.3 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Holy Cross’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 35.6% this season.