The Holy Cross Crusaders (3-4) will be at home in Hart Recreation Center when they challenge the Iona Gaels (4-5). Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
Iona Gaels vs. Holy Cross Crusaders ATS Preview
In the Gaels last game, they were beaten by the St. John’s Red Storm, 69-59. Iona’s E.J. Crawford put together a good game, putting up 12 points and five rebounds. St. John’s did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (23-27; 85.2 percent). Iona, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.6 (above their season average of 23.9).
The Crusaders will look to keep it rolling after beating the New Hampshire Wildcats in their last outing, 62-58. With 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Austin Butler was the games leading scorer. The Crusaders had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 18.0) and held the Wildcats to an effective field goal percentage of 0.405 (below their season average of 0.483).
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play an integral role in this contest. Since last season, Iona has committed the 34th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while the gambling defense of Holy Cross has forced the 12th-most (opponents turnover percentage of 25.2 percent).
Iona Gaels at Holy Cross Crusaders Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Holy Cross, ATS Winner – Holy Cross, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gaels rank 208th in rebounds per game (35.3) while the Crusaders rank 263rd (25.5).
- Iona ranks 14th in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while Holy Cross ranks 167th in three pointers allowed per game (22.7).
- The Gaels rank 34th in assists per game (15.7) while the Crusaders rank 159th in assists allowed per game (14.5).
- Holy Cross ranks 20th in steals per game (8.9) while Iona ranks 90th (6.8).