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Lafayette vs Holy Cross Pick & Preview: Monday, February 6th Betting Odds
Leopards vs Crusaders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Lafayette Leopards at Holy Cross Crusaders
- Where: Worcester at Hart Center
- Date: Monday, February 6th
- Betting Odds: Lafayette -2.5, LAFAY -149 | HOLY +123 O/U 124.5
Through 25 games, the Lafayette Leopards have an overall record of 7-18. On the road, the Leopards will be playing their 16th game of the season, having gone 4-12. So far, the Leopards have been favored 8 times, going 4-4 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Lafayette as -2.5 point favorites.
Lafayette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Leo O’Boyle who is averaging 11.83 points per game for the Leopards. O’Boyle 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 Leopards’ offensive game plan is the play of CJ Fulton who has hit 42.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.28 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lafayette this season, as they are currently ranked 306th in college basketball at 67.8 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 Leopards’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 330th in the NCAA.
Through 25 games, the Holy Cross Crusaders have an overall record of 8-17. So far this season, Holy Cross has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-9. For the season, Holy Cross has been the underdog in 21 games, sitting with a mark of 5-16. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Crusaders being +2.5 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 9.12 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 11.72 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.1% of his shots and is adding 2.0 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders +2.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Lafayette Leopards as the favorites to win. Not only do the Holy Cross Crusaders have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 5-5, but Lafayette also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -2.5 in favor of the Leopards is too high and there is good value on grabbing Holy Cross vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Lafayette Leopards as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Holy Cross taking the points.