Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Crusaders versus the Crimson? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, MA. The over/under for this game is set at 142 points, and the Crimson are the home favorites against the Crusaders in a non-conference matchup.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS VS HARVARD CRIMSON BETTING PICK

The Pick: Holy Cross Crusaders +16

This game will be played at Lavietes Pavilion at 2:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Crimson.
  • Even though we have Harvard winning straight-up, we like Holy Cross at +16.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Crusaders Have What it Takes on the Road?

Holy Cross is preparing for their twelfth game of the season, coming into the contest with a record of 2-9. The Crusaders have a 2-5 record on the road and are 0-3 at home. As of now, Holy Cross has a subpar ATS record of 3-7. This includes a 3-4 mark vs. the spread on the road and going winless at home at 0-3.

After 11 games, Holy Cross has an over/under record of 5-5-0, with their games averaging a combined 143.6 points per game so far. When looking at the Crusaders' last three games, their over/under record is 2-1, with their games averaging 145 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the Holy Cross offense ended with 64 points against Boston College. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 39.6% and made 9 threes. Joseph Octave is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.5 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Caleb Kenney brings a PPG average of 8.7 into the game.

Facing Harvard, Holy Cross aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 77.5 points allowed per game (248th). Against Boston College in their most recent game, the Holy Cross defense gave up a total of 95 points while allowing Boston College to hit 47% of their shots.

Does Harvard Have What it Takes at Home?

After playing 10 games, Harvard currently has a record of 7-3. In their last three home games, including those from the previous year, Harvard has been undefeated. As of now, Harvard holds a 4-4 ATS record heading into today's game. In home games this season, Harvard is 1-1 vs. the spread, and in their previous ten home games, they have gone 2-7 ATS.

Harvard comes in with an over/under record of 6-2-0 through 10 games, with their games averaging a combined 148.1 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Crimson's games have averaged 145 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.

The Harvard offense is coming off a game in which they scored 53 points vs. Loyola Chicago. Overall their field goal percentage was 24.5% while connecting on 4 threes. Chisom Okpara led the team in scoring, putting up 19 points. Additionally, Malik Mack contributed 10 points for the Crimson.

Coming into today's game, the Harvard defense is giving up an average of 70.3 points per contest. Harvard's three-point defense is currently 106th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.0% of their shots vs. Harvard.