Holy Cross Set For Two Games At Mohegan Sun
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Event: Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament
Dates: November 23-24, 2013
Place: Mohegan Sun Arena (9,518), Uncasville, Conn.
Game 1: Holy Cross (2-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Belmont (4-1, 0-0 OVC)
Date: November 23, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Live Video Streaming: The Basketball Channel
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230 AM, Worcester; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Game 2: Holy Cross (2-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Hartford (2-3, 0-0 AEC) or Hofstra (1-3, 0-0 CAA)
Date: November 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.
Live Video Streaming: The Basketball Channel
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230 AM, Worcester; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
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 CONCLUDES PLAY IN HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF: The Crusaders will wrap up play in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament with two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Holy Cross will face Belmont on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and will then take on either Hartford or Hofstra on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Crusaders split their first two games in the tournament, falling at North Carolina 62-54 and winning 63-49 at Fairfield. Following the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, Holy Cross will be off until Nov. 30, when it travels to New Hampshire.
THE SERIES WITH BELMONT: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and the Bruins on the hardwood. It will also be the first game for Holy Cross against any of the 12 teams which currently compete in the Ohio Valley Conference. Against schools from the state of Tennessee, the Crusaders stand 4-2 all-time (1-0 vs. Memphis, 1-0 against Tennessee, 1-0 vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga and 1-2 against Vanderbilt).
FRESHMEN STEP INTO PROMINENT ROLES: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) and freshman 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 14.0 points per game, and stands second with an average of 6.3 rebounds per contest. He finished with 13 points and five rebounds against both Fairfield and North Carolina, and has now scored in double-figures in three straight games. Alexander previously 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 8.0 points and 2.3 assists per game off the bench. He finished with eight points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals during the victory at Fairfield, after recording seven points, four rebounds and three assists at North Carolina. Thompson also totaled 10 points, two steals and one assist in the win over Sacred Heart, while posting seven points and one assist against Harvard.
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. In four games played this season, he is averaging 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, while hitting 48.0 percent of his field goal attempts (24 of 50) and 81.8 percent of his free throws (18 of 22). During the North Carolina game, Dudzinski totaled 11 points and five rebounds. In the previous contest against Sacred Heart, he posted his fifth career double-double with 26 points, a career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Dudzinski also played well against Harvard, leading the team with 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. 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 922 points, 479 rebounds and 73 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.3 percent (338 of 686) of his field goals and 80.2 percent (210 of 262) 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. Hamilton is currently averaging 16.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 42.9 percent (12 of 28) of his three-point field goals and 84.6 percent (11 of 13) of his free throws. During the 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 six of eight free throws against the Pioneers, while tying the school single-game record with seven three-pointers made (on 13 attempts). He also had a strong night at Fairfield, recording 13 points and four rebounds. In addition, Hamilton scored nine points against Harvard, while posting eight points and three rebounds at North Carolina. Last season, Hamilton averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, 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) and against Dartmouth (10 points, five rebounds, two assists). Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 255 points, 99 rebounds and 30 assists, while hitting 31.6 percent of his three-point attempts (50 of 158).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1328-904 (.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.
FAIRFIELD RECAP: Cullen Hamilton totaled 13 points and four rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 63-49 victory over Fairfield at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on Nov. 20, 2013. Hamilton scored 11 of his points in the second half, while hitting three of four attempts from three-point range on the night. Holy Cross hit 47.9 percent of its field goal attempts (23 of 48) and 41.7 percent of its shots from three-point range (five of 12), while holding Fairfield to 33.3 percent shooting overall (17 of 51) and 30.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc (seven of 23). The Crusaders made only 60.0 percent of their free throws on the night (12 of 20), but hit 12 of their last 15 after missing their first five. The game was close early on, and Holy Cross held a 9-7 lead with 14:40 left in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 13-4 run over the next eight and a half minutes to build their advantage to double figures (22-11). Holy Cross would eventually take a 29-22 edge into the locker room at halftime. Fairfield was able to trim the margin down to three points (34-31) early in the second half, when a 9-2 run pushed the Crusaders' lead back to double figures (43-33). The Stags responded by scoring the next eight points to make the score 43-41, before a three-pointer by Hamilton ended the spurt. Holy Cross was still up by five points (50-45) with 5:56 left to play, before going on a 13-2 run to put the game away. Malachi Alexander finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Anthony Thompson added eight points, four assists and two steals. Marcus Gilbert led Fairfield with a game-high 26 points.
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 posted nine points and two rebounds against North Carolina, after totaling nine points and eight assists against Sacred Heart, and eight points and four assists against Harvard. On the season, Burrell is now averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 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 604 points, 230 assists, 122 rebounds and 36 steals, while making 84.3 percent (135 of 160) of his free throws.
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. Miller totaled six points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory at Fairfield, after finishing with six points, seven rebounds and three assists at North Carolina. He also posted eight points and three rebounds against Sacred Heart, and recorded eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Harvard. Miller is now averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 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 232 points, 215 rebounds, 63 assists, 36 blocked shots and 27 steals.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In four games played, the Crusaders have hit 75.6 percent (93 of 123) of their foul shots as a team. Senior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 100.0 percent (seven of seven) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton has knocked down 84.6 percent (11 of 13) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (81.8 percent, 18 of 22), freshman forward Malachi Alexander (80.0 percent, 20 of 25) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (75.0 percent, 24 of 32) are also hitting over 70 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.
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).
RECORDS FALL IN SACRED HEART GAME: A number of Hart Center and Holy Cross records were set during the 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.
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 37-55 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 132-175 (.430). 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 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 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|
|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|
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 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.
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
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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH HARTFORD: Dave Dudzinski posted a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Hartford 48-45 at the Chase Family Arena on Dec. 1, 2012. Justin Burrell added 10 points and three assists for the Crusaders. The Hawks led 19-14 with four minutes left in the first half, before the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to claim their first lead of the night and eventually take a 22-20 halftime lead. Early in the second half, Hartford used a 7-0 spurt to pull back in front (27-24) with 16 minutes left to play. After the Crusaders had tied up the score at 27-27, the Hawks went on an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead. Hartford would increase its advantage to 14 points (42-28) with eight minutes remaining, before Holy Cross used an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The Crusaders would trim the margin down to one point (46-45) with 17.8 seconds to go on a three-point field goal by Jordan Stevens, before Evan Cooper hit a pair of free throws to put the Hawks back up by three (48-45). A three-point attempt by Burrell in the closing seconds was then off the mark, as Hartford held on for the victory. Holy Cross held a 43-28 rebounding advantage and held the Hawks to 31.5 percent shooting, but the Crusaders committed 17 turnovers and made just 35.3 percent of their own shots.
THE LAST MEETING WITH HOFSTRA: Hofstra's Mike Moore scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, as the Pride pulled away for a 71-56 victory over Holy Cross at the Mack Sports Complex on Dec. 22, 2010. Andrew Keister led the Crusaders with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Stevens scored 11 points off the bench. Hofstra took an early 6-2 lead to open the game, before Holy Cross used an 8-2 spurt to claim a 10-8 advantage with 11 minutes left in the first half. But the Pride then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take its biggest lead of the half, 24-10. Hofstra would eventually take a 34-22 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders started the second half strong, using a 7-4 spurt to cut the Pride's lead to single digits (41-32) with just under 17 minutes left to play. Holy Cross would eventually make the score 43-38 on a three-pointer by Stevens with 13:54 remaining in regulation. But Hofstra responded with a 7-1 run over the next three minutes to build its lead back to 11 points (50-39), and the Crusaders would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Devin Brown scored 10 points for Holy Cross, and Eric Obeysekere added six points and 10 rebounds.
THE SERIES WITH HARTFORD: This would be the 13th meeting between the Crusaders and the Hawks on the hardwood, with the all-time series tied at 6-6. Holy Cross had won four straight games between the schools, before Hartford posted a 48-45 home victory last year. For games played in Connecticut, the Hawks hold a 4-3 advantage. The schools first met on Dec. 22, 1985, when Hartford posted a 69-65 victory at the Hartford Civic Center.
HARTFORD SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Tied, 6-6
In Connecticut: Hartford leads, 4-3
At the Mohegan Sun Arena: First Meeting
Milan Brown vs. Hartford: 1-1
John Gallagher vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Hartford, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS AGAINST AMERICA EAST: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the America East Conference, Holy Cross stands 60-29 all-time (6-5 against Hartford, 7-1 vs. Maine, 22-10 against New Hampshire, 0-2 vs. Stony Brook, 9-1 against UMass-Lowell and 16-10 vs. Vermont). The Crusaders played in the America East, then known as the ECAC North Atlantic, for four seasons from 1979-1983, posting a 9-7 record in conference play (the league played only a tournament and no regular season in the first two years). In 1980, Holy Cross won the ECAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
THE SERIES WITH HOFSTRA: This would be just the eighth meeting between the Crusaders and the Pride on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 5-2. Hofstra has taken two of the last three games between the schools, including a victory in the last meeting on Dec. 22, 2010 (71-56 in Hempstead). The Crusaders previously won the first four games in the series. The teams first met on Feb. 4, 1978, with Holy Cross winning 100-88 at the Hart Center.
HOFSTRA SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 5-2
In Uncasville: First Meeting
At the Mohegan Sun Arena: First Meeting
Milan Brown vs. Hofstra: 0-1
Joe Mihalich vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Hofstra, one game
CRUSADERS AGAINST THE COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, Holy Cross stands 24-9 all-time. The Crusaders own marks of 0-2 vs. the College of Charleston, 1-0 against Delaware, 5-2 vs. Hofstra, 13-5 against Northeastern and 5-0 vs. William & Mary.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Belmont enters the contest with an overall record of 4-1 on the season, The Bruins have won three straight games, and are coming off a 94-64 victory over Lipscomb on Wednesday. Senior forward J.J. Mann leads the team with averages of 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 89.7 percent (26 of 29) of his free throws. Senior forward Drew Windler (15.0 points per game) and junior guard Reece Chamberlain (10.8 points per game) are also averaging in double figures. The Bruins are led by Rick Byrd, who stands 575-292 in 28 seasons at Belmont. Byrd's career record stands at 667-347, including two years as the head coach at Maryville and three seasons at Lincoln Memorial.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: Hartford enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-3 on the season, and is coming off an 87-48 loss at Louisville on Tuesday. Junior forward Mark Nwakamma leads the team by averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game so far this season. Junior guard Yolonzo Moore has added 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest, while sophomore center Yasin Kolo is averaging 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Hartford is led by John Gallagher, who is 39-59 in four seasons as the Hawks' head coach. Gallagher previously served as an assistant coach at Boston College, Pennsylvania, Hartford, Lafayette and La Salle.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra enters the weekend with an overall record of 1-3 on the season. The Pride has dropped its last two games, and is coming off a 74-63 overtime loss at Richmond on Tuesday. Senior forward Zeke Upshaw has averaged a team-best 20.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game so far this season. Senior guard Dion Nesmith is also off to a strong start this year, averaging 12.5 points and 4.3 assists per contest. Hofstra is led by Joe Mihalich, who is 1-3 in his first season as the Pride's head coach. Mihalich's career record stands at 266-206, including 15 years as the head coach at Niagara.
DRIBBLES: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) recorded career highs of 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the 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 ... Holy Cross is taking part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season, with opportunities auctioned off for a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".