Check out our free Loyola Maryland vs Holy Cross pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Worcester. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Loyola Maryland vs Holy Cross Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds
Greyhounds vs Crusaders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Loyola Maryland Greyhounds at Holy Cross Crusaders
- Where: Worcester at Hart Center
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds: Loyola Maryland +2, LOYMD +112 | HOLY -137 O/U 129.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Holy Cross, the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 5-11. So far, the Greyhounds have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Loyola Maryland has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 1-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Greyhounds being +2 point underdogs.
Loyola Maryland will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kenny Jones who is averaging 11.12 points per game for the Greyhounds. Jones 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 Greyhounds’ offensive game plan is the play of Jaylin Andrews who has hit 43.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.08 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Loyola Maryland this season, as they are currently ranked 353rd in college basketball at 66.1 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 Greyhounds’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 369th in the NCAA.
Holy Cross heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-11. Currently, the Crusaders have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 4-6. The Crusaders’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Holy Cross has been favored to win in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 0-1.
Gerrale Gates comes into today’s game as the Crusaders’ leading scorer at 17.6 points per contest. Not only has Gates been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Holy Cross’ top rebounder at 8.87 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 11.94 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.3% 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders -2
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Holy Cross Crusaders to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although Holy Cross as a team is just 370th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Greyhounds’ defense. In addition, the Crusaders have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Crusaders to come out on top and cover.