Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Army West Point Black Knights Free Prediction 01/23/19

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The Holy Cross Crusaders (11-8, 2-4 Pat) will be at Christl Arena to go head-to-head with the Army West Point Black Knights (9-10, 4-2 Pat) in a Pat matchup. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Holy Cross Crusaders at Army West Point Black Knights ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Black Knights beat the Navy Midshipmen, 72-61, while the Crusaders lost a tough one against the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, 67-65.

Army West Point played a nearly perfect game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.273 (above their season average of 0.151) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.518 (above their season average of 0.498). Navy was 0.075 and 0.418, respectively, for those same stats. Holy Cross, meanwhile, forced Loyola Maryland into a turnover percentage of 22.9 (above their season average of 17.8). Matt Wilson played well for Army West Point, recording 17 points and 11 rebounds. Austin Butler was a key piece for Holy Cross with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Crusaders dominated this series last year, taking both contests. In the last game, Holy Cross won 70-65. Holy Cross’ free throw rate was their biggest strength over Army West Point. The Crusaders had a rate of 0.311, while the Black Knights posted a mark of 0.186. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

It will be a showdown of contrasting paces as the fast-breaking Black Knights (ranked 60th in the NCAA in possessions per game) will look to push the more grind-it-out Crusaders (338th in possessions per game). Moreover, second chance points could be tough to come by for the Crusaders. They rank 333rd in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 22.6 percent, while the Black Knights are 44th-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 75.5 percent).

Holy Cross at Army West Point ATS Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Army West Point, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Army West Point ranks 21st in three pointers attempted per game (28.2) while Holy Cross ranks 227th (20.1).
  • The Crusaders average 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 64th in the nation. The Black Knights rank 133rd in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
  • Holy Cross ranks 94th in steals per game (6.8) while Army West Point ranks 111th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
  • The Crusaders average 17.3 assists per game, which ranks 15th in the nation. The Black Knights rank 171st in assists allowed per game (14.3).
  • Army West Point ranks 140th in rebounds per game (36.1) while Holy Cross ranks 285th (28.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Black Knights have outscored opponents by an average of 6.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Army West Point has lost by an average of 0.1 points.
  • During their last five games, the Crusaders have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (2.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.8 points per game (6.9 above their season average).