November 14, 2013

Men's Basketball To Battle North Carolina On ESPNU

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-1, 0-0 PL) vs. #12 North Carolina (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Date: November 15, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750), Chapel Hill, N.C.
ESPNU Television: Roy Philpott, play-by-play; Fran Fraschilla, color; Jeff Goodman, courtside
Live Video Streaming: Watch ESPN
Sirius Satellite Radio: Channel 157
Unofficial Live Statistics: Click Here
Series Record: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: North Carolina 83, Holy Cross 70 (Dec. 22, 1956; Boston, Mass.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 43, Taylor Abt, 6-8, 225, Jr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
G, 5, Cullen Hamilton, 6-2, 185, So.

HOLY CROSS OPENS HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF AT NORTH CAROLINA: The Crusaders will begin play in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament with a nationally televised game at North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 15, at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU. Holy Cross will then play its second game in the tournament at Fairfield on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 p.m. The event will conclude with two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., against Belmont (Nov. 23) and either Hartford or Hofstra (Nov. 24).

THE SERIES WITH NORTH CAROLINA: This will be only the third meeting between the Crusaders and the Tar Heels on the hardwood. Holy Cross won the first game between the teams 85-73 at the Dixie Classic in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 29, 1952. North Carolina was victorious in the second meeting 83-70 at the old Boston Garden on Dec. 22, 1956.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Tied, 1-1
In Chapel Hill: First Meeting
At the Smith Center: First Meeting
Milan Brown vs. North Carolina: 0-1
Roy Williams vs. Holy Cross: 2-0
Current Win Streak: North Carolina, one game

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 77-98 against the 15 schools which currently compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The majority of those games were played against Boston College, before the Eagles joined the ACC. In addition to their 58-54 all-time mark against Boston College, the Crusaders stand 0-2 against Clemson, 0-2 vs. Duke, 0-5 against Maryland, 0-1 vs. Miami, 1-1 against North Carolina, 2-5 vs. North Carolina State, 3-10 against Notre Dame, 1-2 vs. Pittsburgh, 12-13 against Syracuse and 1-3 vs. Wake Forest. When Holy Cross defeated Boston College on Nov. 18, 2011, it snapped a 14-game losing streak against Atlantic Coast Conference schools, which dated back to a 63-61 win at North Carolina State during the Dixie Classic on Dec. 29, 1959.

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post this season, after being named second team All-Patriot League a year ago. During Wednesday's victory over Sacred Heart, Dudzinski posted his fifth career double-double with 26 points, a career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. In the previous contest against Harvard, he led the team with 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. On the season, Dudzinski is averaging 25.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game, while hitting 54.8 percent of his field goal attempts (17 of 31) and 93.8 percent of his free throws (15 of 16). Last year, he averaged a team-best 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting on 48.3 percent (166 of 344) of his field goals and 81.7 percent (107 of 131) of his free throws. During the 2013 Patriot League quarterfinal game at Lafayette, Dudzinski led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds. Some of his other top games last year came at San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), against Columbia (31 points), against Bucknell (26 points, five rebounds), at Harvard (22 points), against Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), against New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), at American (19 points, seven rebounds), at Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), against Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks) and at Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds). During the 2011-2012 campaign, Dudzinski averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 48.7 percent (97 of 199) of his field goal attempts and 83.1 percent of his free throws (69 of 83). Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 904 points, 468 rebounds and 71 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.6 percent (331 of 667) of his field goals and 80.9 percent (207 of 256) of his free throws.

HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, after being selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team in 2012-2013. During Wednesday's victory over Sacred Heart, he totaled a career-high 35 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton hit 11 of 21 field goal attempts and seven of 13 shots from three-point range against the Pioneers, in addition to knocking down six of eight free throws. He previously scored nine points in the season opener against Harvard, and is now averaging 22.0 points per game. Hamilton averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last season, and made 36.1 percent (22 of 61) of his three-point attempts in Patriot League regular season play. During last year's home game with Lafayette, he scored a season-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while hitting six of eight shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. A few of Hamilton's other top games last season came at Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds), against American (13 points, two assists), against New Hampshire (11 points), against Dartmouth (10 points, five rebounds, two assists) and at Bucknell (10 points, four rebounds). Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 234 points, 92 rebounds and 28 assists, while hitting 30.4 percent of his three-point attempts (45 of 148).

FRESHMEN STEP INTO PROMINENT ROLES: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) and freshmen guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) have both become key parts of the Holy Cross rotation this year. Alexander currently ranks third on the team with an average of 15.0 points per game, and stands second with an average of 7.5 rebounds per contest. He posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart, after recording seven points and two rebounds in the season opener against Harvard. Thompson is also off to a strong start this year, averaging 8.5 points per game off the bench. He totaled 10 points, two steals and one assist in the win over Sacred Heart, while posting seven points and one assist against Harvard.

SACRED HEART RECAP: Cullen Hamilton scored a career-high 35 points, to lead Holy Cross to a 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart at the Hart Center on Nov. 13, 2013. Dave Dudzinski finished with 26 points, while tying his career-high with 15 rebounds. Malachi Alexander also posted a double-double, recording career-highs for 23 points and 13 rebounds. Evan Kelley totaled 32 points and eight rebounds to lead the Pioneers, while Steve Glowiak added 28 points. Sacred Heart held a 97-94 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation, when Glowiak went to the line for two free throws. Glowiak hit the first before missing the second, leaving the Pioneers with a four-point advantage. Anthony Thompson was then fouled driving into the lane with only six seconds on the clock. Thompson connected on the first shot and missed the second, but Dudzinski grabbed the rebound and was fouled while putting the ball back into the basket with three seconds left. Dudzinski was able to convert the three-point play, and the game went to overtime tied at 98-98. The Crusaders jumped out to a 105-100 lead in the first overtime period, before Glowiak made a layup and a three-pointer to tie the score at 105-105. Eric Green and Alexander each made one of two free throws to put Holy Cross up by two (107-105), before Sacred Heart's Phil Gaetano drained a pair of foul shots with 13 seconds left to force the second overtime. The Pioneers were up 113-111 with three minutes left in the second extra session, before Alexander hit a jumper to tie the score. Hamilton would then drain a three-pointer with 1:09 remaining, breaking a 113-113 tie and putting the Crusaders in the lead for good. Holy Cross went on to hit six of eight free throws in the final minute to escape with the victory.

RECORDS FALL IN SACRED HEART GAME: A number of Hart Center and Holy Cross records were set during Wednesday's 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart. The Crusaders set new building records for both free throws made (45) and free throw attempts (56), while Holy Cross and Sacred Heart broke the Hart Center records for combined points (240), free throws made (77) and free throw attempts (94) by both teams. In addition, the Crusaders' 122 points were the third-most ever scored in the building, while the Pioneers 118 points were the most by a visiting team and the fifth-most overall. All-time school records for both teams combined were set for points scored in a game (240) and free throws made in a game (77). The old mark of 236 total points last happened against Iona on Feb. 21, 1989, while the previous record of 75 free throws made stood since 1970 (against Seton Hall). Holy Cross nearly broke the school single-game record for free throws made with 45, coming up just two short of the mark of 47 set against Seton Hall on Feb. 7, 1970.

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. He totaled nine points and eight assists during the victory over Sacred Heart, after recording eight points and four assists against Harvard. On the season, Burrell is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 assists per game. Last year, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.3 percent (63 of 69) of his free throws. Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds during last year's victory at Sacred Heart, while recording 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in the win over Columbia. A few of his other top games last season came against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Lafayette (19 points, six assists, two steals), against Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), against Morgan State (16 points, four assists), at Bucknell (16 points, three assists), at Lehigh (16 points), at Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds) and at San Francisco (15 points). Burrell previously earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-2012, after averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, and hitting 77.4 percent (65 of 84) of his free throw attempts. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 593 points, 228 assists, 119 rebounds and 36 steals, while making 84.2 percent (133 of 158) of his free throws.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2013-2014 season. Both Burrell and Dudzinski were also among Holy Cross' leaders during the 2012-2013 season, serving as tri-captains along with Phil Beans.

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) looks to be one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. He finished with eight points and three rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart, after totaling eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots against Harvard. Miller is now averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this year. Last season, he averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. During the victory at Navy, Miller posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also had a big game against American, totaling a career-best 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. A few of Miller's other top performances last season came at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), against Lehigh (10 points, nine rebounds, three assists)), against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (10 points), against Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists), against Navy (nine points, four assists) and at San Francisco (eight points, six rebounds, two assists). As a freshman in 2011-2012, Miller averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 220 points, 201 rebounds, 58 assists, 34 blocked shots and 25 steals.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In two games played, the Crusaders have hit 80.5 percent (62 of 77) of their foul shots as a team. Senior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 100.0 percent (five of five) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 93.8 percent (15 of 16) of his foul shots. Junior forward Malcolm Miller (85.7 percent, six of seven), sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (81.8 percent, nine of 11) and freshman forward Malachi Alexander (81.3 percent, 13 of 16) are also hitting over 80 percent at the charity stripe this year. Last season, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history behind only the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. Prior to last year, the Crusaders had not made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season since 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).

DUDZINSKI NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski has been selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Dudzinski was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola (Md.) senior guard Dylon Cormier, Boston University senior guard D.J. Irving and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight. In addition, Irving was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.

BROWN NOW IN FOURTH YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his fourth season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2013-2014, with an overall record of 36-54 and a 20-22 mark in Patriot League regular season games. With the win over Army on Feb. 9, 2011, he recorded the 100th victory of his collegiate head coaching career. Brown's overall career record now stands at 130-173 (.429). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).

CRUSADERS PICKED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 70 total points in the conference preseason poll. Boston University placed first in the poll, with 162 total points and 18 first-place votes, followed by Lafayette in second with 130 points and two first-place votes, Army in third (115 points), Bucknell in fourth (113 points), Loyola (Md.) in fifth (109 points) and Lehigh in sixth (93 points). The preseason rankings were rounded out by Colgate (eighth, 49 points), American (ninth, 36 points) and Navy (10th, 23 points).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1327-903 (.595), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players and coaches inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2013-2014 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders' three outright titles are the second-most in league history, and Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (five outright, three shared).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders finished the 2012-2013 season ranked among the top 125 in NCAA Division I leaders for five statistical categories. In addition, Justin Burrell and Dave Dudzinski ended the year among the top 250 in the nation in individual statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 17   Holy Cross 75.3
  106   Dave Dudzinski 81.7
Three-Point Percent Defense 73   Holy Cross 31.8
Field Goal Percent 103   Dave Dudzinski 48.3
Fewest Turnovers 106   Holy Cross 12.4
Scoring Defense 113   Holy Cross 64.3
Fewest Personal Fouls 123   Holy Cross 17.1
Scoring 186   Dave Dudzinski 15.2
Assists 188   Justin Burrell 3.7
Rebounding 244   Dave Dudzinski 6.6


CRUSADERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: When Holy Cross takes on No. 12 North Carolina, it will be facing a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 18, 2011, when it was defeated at Connecticut 77-40. The Crusaders have lost their last 28 games against ranked opponents, since defeating No. 8 Providence 68-67 on March 5, 1977, in the championship game of the ECAC Tournament.

HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Seven years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament crown with a 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Bucknell (2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013) ranking second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 338-137 at the Hart Center, including a 1-0 mark so far this year. The Crusaders posted their 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14, 2008. Holy Cross had a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center from Feb. 15, 2006-Jan. 2, 2008, which was the longest streak in the history of the building and the sixth-longest home court winning streak in the nation at the time. In 2006-2007 the Crusaders posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since they moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 32 out of 38 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 125-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS JOINS COACH4ADAY PROGRAM: The Crusaders are partnering with the 3-Point Foundation and Coaching for Literacy to take part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season. For selected games this year, opportunities will be auctioned off to serve as a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. This will involve the chance to sit directly behind the team bench, meet the Holy Cross coaches and players, and get a glimpse inside the locker room on game day. Upcoming games which are included come against American (Jan. 5), Lehigh (Jan. 18) and Bucknell (Feb. 9). For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders will look to once again be a strong defensive team in 2013-2014. Last year, Holy Cross gave up only 64.3 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 42.0 percent shooting from the field and 31.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders also averaged 3.5 blocked shots per game, and outrebounded the opposition by 0.1 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross held 11 of its opponents to 60 points or less in regulation. In 2011-2012, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), while holding their opponents to 66.8 points per game and 42.1 percent field goal shooting overall.

CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, eight times in 2010-2011, nine times in 2009-2010, 10 times in 2008-2009, eight times in 2007-2008, 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013-2014 season:

Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: WBIN TV18
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Twelve of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

Facebook: Holy Cross Athletics
Twitter: @GoHolyCross
YouTube: GoHolyCross
Instagram: GoHolyCross

E-MAIL ALERTS: Get all the latest news and results on the Holy Cross men's basketball team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts, click here.

SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS: North Carolina enters the contest ranked 12th in the nation by the Associated Press and 11th by USA Today. The Tar Heels stand 1-0 on the season, after defeating Oakland 84-61 in their season opener last Friday. Junior forward James Michael McAdoo led North Carolina by recording 21 points and nine rebounds against the Grizzlies. Sophomore guard Marcus Paige added 14 points and five assists, while sophomore forward J.P. Tokoto chipped in with 13 points, five assists and four steals. The Tar Heels are led by Roy Williams, who stands 283-79 in 11 seasons at North Carolina. Williams' career record stands at 701-180, including 15 years as the head coach at Kansas.

DRIBBLES: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) recorded career highs of 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's victory over Sacred Heart ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2003 through 2006, the Crusader men's basketball team posted a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Holy Cross' overall Graduation Success Rate for all student-athletes was 98 percent, tied for the fourth-best mark among all Division I schools ... Holy Cross has received an NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award in each of the last eight seasons, for having a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent of all Division I men's basketball teams in the nation.