Check out our free Holy Cross vs Bucknell pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Lewisburg. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Holy Cross vs Bucknell Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Crusaders vs Bison Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Holy Cross Crusaders at Bucknell Bison
  • Where: Lewisburg at Sojka Pavilion
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Holy Cross +7.5, HOLY +271 | BUCK -360 O/U 134.0

Crusaders Preview:

Through 20 games, the Holy Cross Crusaders have an overall record of 6-14. So far, the Crusaders have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. For the season, Holy Cross has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 3-13. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Crusaders being +7.5 point underdogs.

Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.37 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 9.26 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 11.25 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.1% of his shots and is adding 3.7 boards per game.

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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.

Bison Preview:

Bucknell heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-12. So far this season, Bucknell has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-4. The Bison’s are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Bucknell has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 6-5.

Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 15.05 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 game plan is the play of Alex Timmerman who has hit 50.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.95 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%.

Free Spread Prediction: Bucknell Bison -7.5

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 -7.5 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 -7.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Bison to come out on top and cover.

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