Holy Cross Crusaders vs Harvard Crimson Odds
The Harvard Crimson will be trying to slam the Holy Cross Crusaders on Saturday when the teams tip off at Lavietes Pavilion in college betting action.
Harvard battles the Crusaders, currently sitting with a 7-4 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-2 for the Crimson and 0-0 for the Crusaders.
The Crimson were listed as 9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Crimson at No. 248 and the Crusaders at No. 222 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 67-63 result in favor of the Crimson.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Crusaders rank No. 100 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.4 per game. That compares with Harvard’s No. 287 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Harvard is college basketball's No. 166-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Crusaders rate No. 138 with 6.5 per game.
Defensively, Holy Cross features the nation's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 60 points per game. Harvard, meanwhile, comes in at No. 172 nationally in scoring at home.
Holy Cross won its last outing, a 73-63 result against San Francisco on December 18. Dave Dudzinski went off for 31 points and added 7 rebounds for good measure, leading Holy Cross to a 73-63 win over San Francisco on Tuesday at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Harvard was a 65-64 winner in its last match at home against Boston University. Harvard earned a 65-64 victory over Boston University on Tuesday, getting 21 points from Siyani Chambers at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing California are 1-0
After playing Boston University are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Crusaders at Crimson trends to consider:
Harvard is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Harvard is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Holy Cross
Harvard is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Harvard is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Holy Cross
Holy Cross at Boston College, Saturday, December 29
Harvard at California, Saturday, December 29