With just a few games left to play in the regular season, the Lafayette Leopards and Holy Cross Crusaders are still jockeying for position in the Patriot League standings. The two face off for the second time this season, after Holy Cross got the better of the matchup in their previous game on January 7. Both teams have nine wins on the season, and Lafayette is 5-7 at home while Holy Cross is 4-10 on the road. Crusaders' senior forward Gerrale Gates is the leading scorer between both sides, and averages 15.8 points per game.
The Leopards are favored by 6.5 points in the latest Lafayette vs. Holy Cross odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 136.5. Before entering any Holy Cross vs. Lafayette picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Lafayette vs. Holy Cross spread: Lafayette -6.5
- Lafayette vs. Holy Cross over-under: 136.5 points
What you need to know about Lafayette
The Leopards came up just short on Saturday in their last game with a 92-89 loss to Bucknell. Forward Neal Quinn did his best to keep his team in it, and scored 24 points to go with nine assists. Quinn has been the best player for Lafayette all season, and averages 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He also holds the top field goal percentage in the conference, at 54.9 percent for the season, and is tied for fourth in Patriot League in total assists, with 101.
Sophomore guard Jon Brantley came one point shy of matching his season high for scoring against Bucknell, when he scored 18 points. Brantley has really come on in the second half of the season, after he scored just three points in Lafayette's previous meeting with Holy Cross. He's gotten to double-digit scoring totals in six of his last 11 games, and over his last three appearances, he has hit half of his shots and averaged 15 points.
What you need to know about Holy Cross
The Crusaders beat the Navy Midshipmen this past Saturday, 55-50. Holy Cross can attribute much of its success to Gates, who dropped a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, as well as guard Bo Montgomery, who also finished with a double-double on 15 points and 10 boards. Gates and Montgomery are two of the Crusaders top three offensive threats, along with freshman guard Kyrell Luc, who averages 13.2 points per game.
Lafayette has allowed its opponents to shoot 45.4 percent from the floor on average, which is just outside the 50 highest such marks in the nation. Although Holy Cross hasn't been much better, and its opponents have made 45.8 percent of their shots this year, Lafayette hasn't been able to hit 3-pointers consistently, and has made just 31.8 percent of them. The Crusaders have been better from beyond the arc, led by Montgomery, who has hit just under 40 percent of his attempts from downtown.
How to make Lafayette vs. Holy Cross picks
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