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Bucknell vs Holy Cross Pick & Preview: Friday, December 30th Betting Odds
Bison vs Crusaders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Bucknell Bison at Holy Cross Crusaders
- Where: Worcester at Hart Center
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds: Bucknell -5.5, BUCK -241 | HOLY +193 O/U 139.0
Through 13 games, the Bucknell Bison have an overall record of 7-6. So far, the Bison have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 2-5. This season, Bucknell has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1. For today’s contest, Bucknell have a betting line set -5.5 points in their favor.
Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 15.92 points per game for the Bison. Rice is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bison’s offensive gameplan is the play of Alex Timmerman who has hit 51.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.62 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Bucknell will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Bison are ranked 192nd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 441st ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Bucknell is close to the NCAA average at 37.6%.
Holy Cross will take the floor against the Bison with an overall record of 3-10. So far this season, Holy Cross has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-5. For the season, Holy Cross has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 1-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Crusaders being +5.5 point underdogs.
Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.08 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 8.33 boards per contest. Behind Gates, the team has benefited from the strong play of Bo Montgomery who is second on the team in scoring at 11.85 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.1% of his shots and is adding 3.69 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Holy Cross this season, as they are currently ranked 375th in college basketball at 65.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Crusaders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 223rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Bucknell Bison -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Bucknell Bison to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although Bucknell as a team is just 107th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Crusaders’ defense. At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Bison to come out on top and cover.