Check out our free Holy Cross vs Army pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in West Point. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Holy Cross vs Army Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Crusaders vs Black Knights Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Holy Cross Crusaders at Army Black Knights
- Where: West Point at Christl Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Holy Cross +9, HOLY +341 | ARMY -455 O/U 140.5
Through 22 games, the Holy Cross Crusaders have an overall record of 7-15. On the road, the Crusaders will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 2-7. So far, the Crusaders have been the underdog 18 times, going 4-14 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.
Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.14 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 9.38 boards per contest. Behind Gates, the team has benefited from the strong play of Will Batchelder, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.59 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.2% of his shots and is adding 1.91 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 they 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.
Black Knights Preview:
Army will take the floor against the Crusaders with an overall record of 11-11. So far this season, Army has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-5. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Black Knights as the -9 point favorites. The Black Knights have been favored 12 times, going 6-6 straight up.
Army’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Rucker, who is averaging 16.05 points per contest. So far, Rucker has accounted for 21.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.09 rebounds per game and 3.45 assists. Ethan Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Black Knights, averaging 11.95 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 37.3% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Army this season, as they are currently ranked 228th in college basketball at 70.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Black Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 352nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders +9
In our analysis of this matchup, we believe that Army’s fast-paced style of play will give them an advantage against the Holy Cross Crusaders, who prefer a slower game. Despite the large -9 point spread, the Black Knights’ fast-paced style should play a large role in them cruising to an easy victory. We recommend betting on Army to not only win but also cover the spread against Holy Cross.