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Lehigh vs Holy Cross Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds

Mountain Hawks vs Crusaders Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Holy Cross Crusaders
  • Where: Worcester at Hart Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds: Lehigh -2.5, LEHI -147 | HOLY +118 O/U 139.5

Mountain Hawks Preview:

The Lehigh will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 11-8. On the road, the Mountain Hawks will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 4-6. This season, Lehigh has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1. For today’s contest, Lehigh has a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.

Evan Taylor comes into today’s game as the Mountain Hawks’ leading scorer at 14.79 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Lehigh’s top rebounder at 6.42 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 14.32 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.4% of his shots and is adding 2.95 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.

Crusaders Preview:

The Holy Cross Crusaders head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 7-14. Currently, the Crusaders have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 5-7. So far, the Crusaders have been the underdog 17 times, going 4-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.4 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 9.2 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 11.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.4% of his shots and is adding 3.67 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: Lehigh Mountain Hawks -2.5

If you’re looking to get a wager down on today’s matchup between the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Holy Cross Crusaders, there are two major reasons we like Lehigh to win and cover. Not only have the Mountain Hawks been excellent vs the spread on the road, going 6-4 over their last 10 road games, they also have the edge in 3-point shooting. So far, the Lehigh’s offense is averaging 8.12 made 3’s per game, placing them well above the NCAA average. Look for their advantage from beyond the arc to carry them to both a straight up and ATS win as -2.5 point favorites.

 


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