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Holy Cross vs Lehigh Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Crusaders vs Mountain Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Holy Cross Crusaders at Lehigh Mountain Hawks
- Where: Bethlehem at Stabler Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: Holy Cross +4.5, HOLY +165 | LEHI -205 O/U 137.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Lehigh, the Holy Cross Crusaders will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 6-11. So far, the Crusaders have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 1-5. For the season, Holy Cross has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 3-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Crusaders being +4.5 point underdogs.
Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.44 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 8.81 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 11.59 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.5% of his shots and is adding 3.88 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.
Mountain Hawks Preview:
Through 15 games, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks have an overall record of 7-8. So far this season, Lehigh has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-2. The Mountain Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Lehigh has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1.
Evan Taylor comes into today’s game as the Mountain Hawks’ leading scorer at 14.93 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Lehigh’s top rebounder at 5.53 boards per contest. Behind Taylor, the team has benefited from the strong play of Keith Higgins Jr, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.5% of his shots and is adding 3.07 boards per game.
Lehigh comes into their matchup vs Holy Cross looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 291st in college basketball at 68.4 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 38.2%. So far, 38.22% of the Mountain Hawks’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 67.1 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders +4.5
Our betting model for this contest between the Holy Cross Crusaders and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks has identified Holy Cross at +4.5 as today’s best bet. Although the Crusaders are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 7-3 vs the spread. Although Lehigh has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Crusaders’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Holy Cross to cover as +4.5 point road underdogs.
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