Holy Cross To Face Boston U. In Regular Season Finale
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (18-11, 12-5 PL) vs. Boston University (21-9, 14-3 PL)
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 51-13
Last Meeting: Boston University 70, Holy Cross 60 (Jan. 2, 2014; Boston, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 2, Anthony Thompson, 5-10, 150, Fr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
CRUSADERS SET FOR REGULAR SEASON FINALE: Holy Cross will close out the regular season by playing host to Boston University on Saturday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders currently stand in third place in the Patriot League with a 12-5 mark in conference games, while the Terriers are in first place at 14-3. Holy Cross could still finish in a tie for second place in the conference with a victory over Boston University and a Bucknell win over American, but the Crusaders will be the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament regardless of what happens this weekend. In the conference quarterfinals, Holy Cross will play a home game against either Lehigh or Lafayette on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY: This will be the 65th meeting between the Crusaders and the Terriers on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 51-13. The Crusaders had won six straight games in the series, before Boston University posted a 70-60 home victory earlier this year. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 31-6 advantage, but the Crusaders are only 6-3 against the Terriers at the Hart Center. The schools first met on January 10, 1903, with Holy Cross posting a 33-4 victory in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 51-13
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 31-6
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 6-3
Milan Brown vs. Boston University: 1-2
Joe Jones vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Boston University, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
HOLY CROSS PICKS UP 18TH VICTORY: With Wednesday night's 65-52 win at Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders improved to 18-11 overall this year. This marks the most victories for Holy Cross in a single season since going 18-14 in 2008-2009, and the most regular season wins since the 2006-2007 squad had a 22-8 mark entering the Patriot League Tournament. In addition, the Crusaders' 12 Patriot League victories this season are tied for their fourth most ever, behind only the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams (which all went 13-1).
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has been one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. In 29 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 41.3 percent (31 of 75) of his three-point field goals and 76.3 percent (71 of 93) of his free throws. In the victory at Loyola (Md.), he scored a career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Previously at Lehigh, Miller totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists. He also played well against Bucknell, recording 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Bucknell (19 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), at New Jersey Tech (18 points, nine rebounds, career-high seven blocks, three assists), at Hartford (18 points), at Army (17 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, three assists), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), against Lehigh (14 points, seven rebounds), at American (14 points, four rebounds) and against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists). Last season, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 514 points, 347 rebounds, 116 assists, 85 blocked shots and 52 steals, while connecting on 71.1 percent (118 of 166) of his free throws.
HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 12-5 mark in conference action, the Crusaders are guaranteed to finish the season with a winning record in Patriot League play. This marks the 15th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 24-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Holy Cross' 15 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 19.
CRUSADERS HEAT UP: After beginning the season at 7-9 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has turned things around in the last six weeks. The Crusaders stand 11-2 over their last 13 games, including winning streaks of five and four games. Holy Cross' mark of 11-2 since Jan. 11 is the best in the Patriot League.
THOMPSON PLAYING KEY MINUTES: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year. He is currently averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 40.2 percent (33 of 82) of his three-point field goals and 78.0 percent (99 of 127) of his free throws. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Thompson totaled 12 points, four assists and two rebounds. Previously against Navy, he tied his career high with 17 points, in addition to posting three rebounds and three steals. Thompson also played well against Lafayette, scoring 13 points. A few of his other top games this year have come at New Hampshire (17 points, five rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, four assists, two steals), at Lehigh (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at Army (13 points, two assists), at American (12 points), at Bucknell (10 points, six rebounds, four steals), at Navy (10 points, four rebounds, two assists), against Sacred Heart (10 points, two steals) and against Colgate (10 points). Last season, Thompson was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross currently owns a 12-5 record in Patriot League this season. This marks the ninth time the Crusaders have reached double-figures in conference victories, since the Patriot League began play in the 1990-1991 season. The school record for most conference wins is held by the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams, which all posted 13-1 marks in the Patriot League. In addition, the 1992-1993 team went 12-2, the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 squads went 11-3, the 2000-2001 team was 10-2, and the 1991-1992 team had a 10-4 record. Holy Cross' nine seasons with double-figure conference victories are the second-most in Patriot League history, behind only Bucknell with 10.
LOYOLA RECAP: Malcolm Miller scored a career-high 20 points to lead Holy Cross to a 65-52 victory over Loyola (Md.) at Reitz Arena on Feb. 26, 2014. Miller also totaled eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, while hitting four of eight shots from three-point range. The Crusaders made just 36.7 percent of their field goal attempts on the night (18 of 49), but were able to connect on 84.0 percent of their free throws (21 of 25). Holy Cross also held a 36-27 rebounding advantage and committed just seven turnovers. Loyola made 42.6 percent of its attempts from the floor (20 of 47) and 50.0 percent of its foul shots (nine of 18). The game was close early on, and the score was tied at 12-12 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Crusaders scored the next five points to pull ahead, before the Greyhounds used a quick 6-0 spurt of their own to go in front 18-17. Neither team would lead by more than three points for the remainder of the half, before Loyola took a 30-27 advantage into the locker room. The Greyhounds expanded their lead to six points (33-27) early in the second half, before Holy Cross went on a 10-2 run to pull back in front. The Crusaders were still up by just two points (42-40) with 10 minutes left to play, when they used an 8-1 spurt to put the game away. Loyola would get no closer than nine points in the game's final four minutes, as Holy Cross pulled away for a 13-point win. Eric Green finished the night with 12 points and six rebounds, while Anthony Thompson added 12 points and four assists. Malachi Alexander narrowly missed a double-double, totaling nine points and 10 rebounds. The Greyhounds were led by Franz Rassman with 15 points.
GREEN PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE PERIMETER: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has developed into one of the top players in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 29 games played, he is averaging 8.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Green totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Previously against Navy, he recorded 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Green also played well at Lehigh, leading the team with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at New Jersey Tech (15 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), at Hartford (12 points, three assists, three steals), at Army (11 points, 10 rebounds, first career double-double), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, two steals), against Colgate (10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
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 53-64 and a 32-27 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 148-184 (.446). 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 344-140 at the Hart Center, including an 8-3 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 132-48 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 85-26 record against Patriot League foes.
THE LAST MEETING WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Dave Dudzinski posted his seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Boston University 70-60 at Agganis Arena on Jan. 2, 2014. Cullen Hamilton scored a game-high 16 points, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Boston University was led by Maurice Watson with 12 points and six assists. The game was close early on, as the score was tied 20-20 with eight minutes remaining before the break. The Terriers scored the next eight points to pull in front, but the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 spurt a few minutes later to cut the lead to one point (32-31). Boston University eventually took a 36-31 advantage into the locker room. The Terriers held onto a slim lead early in the second half, and were up 46-44 with 14:02 left in regulation. Boston University then went on a 13-5 run over the next 5:16 to extend its lead to double figures (59-49). Holy Cross would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Terriers eventually posted a 10-point win. Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, as the Crusaders committed 19 turnovers and Boston University gave the ball away 17 times. The Terriers held a 40-31 advantage on the glass, in addition to making 90.0 percent (18 of 20) of their free throws.
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 29 games played, he is averaging 15.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 77.5 percent of his free throws (110 of 142). During the victory over Navy, Dudzinski posted the 10th double-double of his collegiate career with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lafayette, he totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dudzinski also played well at Lehigh, recording 10 points and six rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Army (26 points, seven rebounds, three steals), against Loyola (24 points, 12 rebounds, three steals), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), at Hartford (17 points, seven rebounds), at Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), against Canisius (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Navy (16 points, nine rebounds), against Colgate (16 points, eight rebounds), against American (15 points, six rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds), at New Jersey Tech (14 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), at Army (14 points, five rebounds), at Boston University (12 points, 10 rebounds) and at North Carolina (11 points, five rebounds). Last year, Dudzinski 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. He scored a career-high 31 points at San Francisco last season, then matched that mark with 31 points in last year's game with Columbia. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,291 points, 667 rebounds and 88 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.6 percent (467 of 960) of his field goals and 79.1 percent (302 of 382) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 15 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 59.9 points per game, while holding the opposition to 43.8 percent (335 of 765) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 5.1 boards per game over the last 15 contests, in addition to blocking 4.4 shots per game. On Jan. 18, the Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points, while Bucknell scored a season-low 50 points on Feb. 9. Holy Cross also limited Navy to 52 points on Jan. 25, and Loyola (Md.) to 51 points on Jan. 29 and 52 points on Feb. 26.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season in the Holy Cross starting lineup. In 26 games played this year, he has averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws. During the victory at Lehigh, Burrell scored 13 points, including seven points in the final 30 seconds. Previously against Army, he tallied 10 points and a career high-tying nine assists, while hitting four free throws in the final 20 seconds. Burrell also played well against Bucknell, leading the team with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been at Navy (17 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (15 points, three rebounds), at Michigan (14 points, five assists), at American (13 points, three assists), at Bucknell (13 points, three assists), against Colgate (13 points), against Lehigh (11 points, three rebounds), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, key steal to set up the go-ahead basket), against Canisius (11 points) and against Loyola (10 points). 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. During last year's victory at Sacred Heart, Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds. He 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 820 points, 281 assists, 163 rebounds and 55 steals, while making 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.
SHARING THE ROCK: This season, four different Holy Cross players have handed out at least 60 assists. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way with 65 assists, followed by freshman guard Anthony Thompson (63), junior forward Malcolm Miller (61) and sophomore guard Eric Green (60). This marks the first time since the 1980-1981 campaign that four different Crusaders dished out at least 60 assists in the same season. In 1980-1981, Eddie Thurman led the team with 154 assists, followed by Kevin Greaney (86), Garry Witts (71) and Dave Mulquin (65). In the history over Holy Cross basketball, this year marks only the sixth time there have been at least four players on the same team with 60 assists.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1344-913 (.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.
ALEXANDER STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) has been a key player for the Crusaders down low this season. He currently ranks seventh on the team with an average of 6.9 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.4 rebounds per contest. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Alexander narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season, Alexander posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. A few of his other top performances this year have come at Army (16 points, five rebounds), against Hartford (13 points, seven rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds), at North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds) and against Albany (10 points, four rebounds). Alexander came to Holy Cross from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where he led the team to an overall record of 27-1 and the Maryland Class 4A state championship as a senior.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 29 games played, the Crusaders have hit 73.4 percent (475 of 647) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (77.5 percent, 110 of 142), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (78.0 percent, 99 of 127) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (76.3 percent, 71 of 93) are also hitting over 75 percent from the charity stripe this year. In 2012-2013, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good for 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).
HAMILTON BECOMES A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, despite missing 11 games due to injury. Hamilton has averaged 8.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 36.3 percent (29 of 80) of his three-point field goals and 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, he posted 10 points and six rebounds. Previously at Boston University, Hamilton scored 16 points while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. He also had a huge night against Sacred Heart, totaling 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). A few of his other top performances this season have come against Belmont (16 points, two rebounds, two assists) and at Fairfield (13 points, four rebounds). Last year, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 338 points, 120 rebounds and 40 assists.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Feb. 23. In addition, three Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||60||Holy Cross||73.0|
|Scoring Defense||71||Holy Cross||66.3|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||73||Holy Cross||17.8|
|Blocked Shots||84||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Winning Percent||114||Holy Cross||60.7|
|Field Goal Percent||140||Dave Dudzinski||47.5|
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three current Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Junior guard Justin Burrell currently stands third all-time in career free throw percentage (.835, 172 of 206). In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski ranks ninth all-time in career blocked shots (88), while junior forward Malcolm Miller is in fifth place on the single-season list for blocked shots (53).
DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Crusader men's basketball on Dec. 7 at Hartford. He hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half to record the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Dudzinski now ranks 20th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,291 points in 115 career games, good for an average of 11.2 points per contest.
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).
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.
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.
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: Live Well Network
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: Several 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:
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SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: Boston University enters the game with an overall record of 21-9 and a 14-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Terriers have won six of their last seven games, and are coming off a 71-70 victory at Army on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Maurice Watson leads the team with averages of 13.6 points and 6.7 assists per game, while hitting 50.6 percent (164 of 324) of his field goal attempts. Senior forward Dom Morris has added 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, while senior guard D.J. Irving is chipping in with 12.0 points per game. Boston University is led by Joe Jones, who is 54-38 in three seasons as the Terriers' head coach. Jones' career record stands at 140-146, including seven seasons at Columbia.
DRIBBLES: During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 73.6 percent (365 of 496) of their free throws this season. The school record for opponent free throw percentage for an entire season was set in 1985-1986, when the opposition hit 73.9 percent (526 of 712) of their foul shots ... During the Nov. 24 victory over Hartford, the Crusaders allowed the Hawks to make just one field goal in the first half. That tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a half (since the shot clock era began in 1986), matching Kansas State, which held Savannah State to just one made shot in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008 ... Junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) scored a season-high eight points during the Boston University game. He is now averaging 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points against both Albany and New Jersey Tech. He is currently averaging 2.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 20 career games, totaling 41 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists ... During the Jan. 8 victory over Colgate, Holy Cross had six different players score in double figures ... 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 ... The Crusaders took part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season, as opportunities were auctioned off for a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".