The Harvard Crimson (2-0) will travel to Hart Recreation Center to challenge the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-0) in their home opener. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
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The last time the Crimson played, they won a close one over the Massachusetts Minutemen, 70-67. Bryce Aiken was the games high scorer with 30 points on 9-for-20 shooting. Harvard dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.316 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7. For those same stats, Massachusetts was 0.156 and 16.2, respectively.
The Crusaders come in on a high note after topping the Sacred Heart Pioneers in their last outing, 69-64. Holy Cross received a boost from Karl Charles, who was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Holy Cross dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.567 and a turnover percentage of 20.4. Sacred Heart was 0.474 and 23.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The inefficient offense of Holy Cross will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Harvard. Dating back to last season, the Crusaders rank 298th in offensive efficiency, while the Crimson are 52nd in defensive efficiency. The Crimson figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Ball security could be troublesome for the Crimson. They rank 270th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 19.9 percent), while the Crusaders have forced the third-most turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 25.9 percent).
The Crusaders won the sole game against the Crimson last season, 63-52. Holy Cross had a much better turnover percentage (10.9 vs. 28.9). Harvard, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (20.0 vs. 12.5).
Harvard Crimson vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Harvard, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Crimson rank 148th in rebounds per game (36.0) while the Crusaders rank 321st (25.3).
- Harvard ranks 81st in assists allowed per game (12.1) while Holy Cross ranks 234th (14.3).
- Holy Cross ranks seventh in steals per game (9.3) while Harvard ranks 216th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
- The Crimson rank 39th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Crusaders rank 240th (2.4).
- Harvard ranks 47th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while Holy Cross ranks 229th (22.5).