American University Eagles vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Betting Prediction 02/29/20

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The Holy Cross Crusaders (3-27, 2-15 Pat) welcome the American University Eagles (15-13, 11-6 Pat) to Hart Recreation Center as the regular season comes to a conclusion. Action starts at 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

American University Eagles at Holy Cross Crusaders ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Crusaders fell to the Army West Point Black Knights, 67-61, while the Eagles won big over the Lafayette Leopards, 79-59.

The Eagles forced 18 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.632 (above their season average of 0.512). Holy Cross, meanwhile, held Army West Point to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.8 (below the 29.5 mark opponents have averaged against Holy Cross this season). Holy Cross was led by Joe Pridgen, who put up 21 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Sa’eed Nelson had a good game for American University, contributing 30 points.

In their first matchup this season, Nelson led the Eagles to an 81-69 victory. He recorded 21 points and five assists. The Eagles’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Crusaders. American University had a rate of 11.8, while Holy Cross posted a mark of 20.2.

From an effective field goal percentage perspective, American University figures to have a significant edge. The sweet-shooting Eagles offense ranks 100th in the NCAA in that metric at 0.517, while the bottom-tier Holy Cross defense is ranked 346th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.556).

American University Eagles at Holy Cross Crusaders Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – American University, ATS Winner – American University, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • American University ranks 50th in steals per game (7.7) while Holy Cross ranks 225th (4.9).
  • The Eagles rank 252nd in rebounds per game (32.7) while the Crusaders rank 260th (32.4).
  • The Eagles rank 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while the Crusaders rank 88th (20.1).
  • American University ranks 158th in assists per game (12.8) while Holy Cross ranks 210th in assists allowed per game (13.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, up from 0.9 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 62.6 points per game (1.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.4 points per game (0.6 above their season average).