Heading into the 2011-2012 season, the Holy Cross men's basketball team looks to return to its place as one of the top teams in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are coming off a disappointing season, but they did come on strong in the second half of 2010-2011 to finish in third place in the conference. Holy Cross returns three starters from last season, and 10 out of 14 letterwinners. With the addition of three talented freshmen, the Crusaders have the ingredients necessary to be in the upper echelon of the league.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2010-2011 campaign in which it posted an overall mark of 8-21, for only its third losing record in the last 11 years. The Crusaders did finish third in the Patriot League with a 7-7 mark in conference games, before being upset in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament.
The Crusaders were an impressive rebounding team last season, leading the conference in rebounds (36.7 rebounds per game) and rebound margin (+3.1 rebounds per game). Holy Cross also developed into one of better defensive teams in the Patriot League, finishing last year ranked second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (33.7 percent) and blocked shots (3.8 blocks per game), and third in scoring defense (69.0 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (42.9 percent).
If Holy Cross builds off the improvements it made down the stretch last season, expect the Crusaders to be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for a postseason tournament bid in March.