Bucknell vs Holy Cross Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Holy Cross (8-19) vs Bucknell (10-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Hart Center Arena)

Betting Odds: Holy Cross +3.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bucknell Bison will play the Holy Cross Crusaders in a Patriot League game on Wednesday night at the Hart Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Bucknell has lost three games in a row, while Holy Cross has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Bucknell vs Holy Cross prediction. 

Bucknell Preview

The Bucknell Bison are 10-17 (7-7) this year after they lost to Colgate by a score of 62-50 in their last game. Bucknell trailed 31-22 at halftime and they only scored 28 points in the second half in the loss. The Bison shot 31% from the field and were +1 in rebounding margin in the game. Bucknell has also lost to Lehigh and Boston University during this losing streak. The Bison are scoring 65.4 points per game with 31.9 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game, while giving up 69.7 points against per game this year. Jack Forrest is averaging 16.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Bucknell is shooting 42.9% from the field, 72.7% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers this season.

Holy Cross Preview

The Holy Cross Crusaders are 8-19 (5-9) this season after they lost to Army by a score of 59-53 in their last game. Holy Cross trailed 32-22 at halftime, but they out scored Army 31-27 in the second half in the loss. The Crusaders shot 32.8% from the field and were -2 in rebounding margin in the game. Holy Cross lost to Colgate by a score of 85-55 in the game prior to Bucknell, but did beat American before that. The Crusaders are scoring 65.4 points per game with 32.5 rebounds per game and 10.8 assists per game, while allowing 74.3 points against per game this season. Joe Octave is averaging 14.1 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Holy Cross is shooting 43.3% from the field, 64.8% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers this year. 

Bucknell vs Holy Cross Betting Prediction

Both of these teams have struggled in recent games, so each team could really use a win here. Bucknell is 7-7 in conference play, but they have scored 63 points or fewer in three straight games, while Holy Cross has scored fewer than 60 points in four straight. Both teams are scoring 65.4 points per game and neither is great on defense, so we have a pretty even matchup here. With both teams shooting about 43% from the field and struggling to score in recent games, I think we are going to see a defensive battle here. Take the under. 

David’s Pick Under 133.5

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