The Holy Cross Crusaders (2-4) will be at home in Hart Recreation Center when they challenge the New Hampshire Wildcats (2-7). Action starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Betting Preview
The last time the Wildcats played, they lost to the Niagara Purple Eagles, 78-70. New Hampshire’s Tanner Leissner had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Niagara had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 23.5). New Hampshire, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (13-15; 86.7 percent).
The Crusaders are trying to rebound after their 64-50 loss to the Massachusetts Minutemen in their last contest. Jehyve Floyd was Holy Cross leading scorer with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting. Massachusetts did a great job of making free throws (20-22; 90.9 percent). Holy Cross, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.4 vs. 17.7).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Holy Cross ranks 347th in possessions per game (61.8) and New Hampshire is 281st (67.1) since the 2016-17 season.
The Wildcats won the only contest against the Crusaders last season, 56-53. The Wildcats played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 and a free throw rate of 0.188. For those same stats, the Crusaders were 20.5 and 0.148, respectively.
New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Holy Cross Crusaders Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Holy Cross, ATS Winner – Holy Cross, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wildcats average 23.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 59th in the NCAA. The Crusaders rank 212th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
- New Hampshire is 16th in the NCAA with 2.8 blocks allowed per game while Holy Cross is 46th with 2.8 blocks allowed per game.
- Holy Cross ranks ninth in steals per game (9.0) while New Hampshire ranks 295th (3.9).
- The Wildcats rank 54th in rebounds per game (38.4) while the Crusaders rank 311th (25.4).
- New Hampshire ranks second in assists allowed per game (10.6) while Holy Cross ranks 238th (14.6).