During the 2012-2013 season, the Holy Cross men's basketball team looks to once again be among the top teams in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are coming off a 2011-2012 campaign in which they posted an overall record of 15-14, to go along with a 9-5 mark in conference play. Holy Cross returns three starters from that squad, and nine out of 13 letterwinners. With the addition of four talented freshmen, the Crusaders have the ingredients necessary to be in the upper echelon of the league.
Last year, Holy Cross defeated every other school in the Patriot League at least once, while posting a winning record in conference play for the 14th time in its 22 seasons in the league. The Crusaders also won six consecutive games during the month of February, good for their longest winning streak since the 2007-2008 season.
Holy Cross was one of the top defensive teams in the Patriot League a year ago, when it led the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game). The Crusaders also ranked third in the Patriot League in both rebounds (34.6 rebounds per game) and rebounding margin (+0.3 rebounds per game) last season, and will look to build upon that strong defensive play in 2012-2013.
If Holy Cross can continue to improve the same way it did last year, expect the Crusaders to be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for a postseason tournament bid in March.