July 20, 2006
Heading into the 2006-2007 season, the Holy Cross men's basketball team looks to remain in its place as one of the top teams in the Patriot League. Despite the loss of leading scorer Kevin Hamilton, the Crusaders return a pair of all-conference selections, four starters and six of the eight players who saw action in the regular rotation. With the addition of some talented freshmen, Holy Cross has the ingredients necessary to contend for the league championship and another postseason tournament bid.
The Crusaders are coming off a 2005-2006 campaign in which they posted an overall record of 20-12, good for their fourth 20-win season in the last six years. Holy Cross also finished in second place in the Patriot League with an 11-3 mark in conference games, reaching double figures in league victories for the fourth time in six seasons. In addition, the Crusaders played in the Patriot League championship game for the fifth time in a six-year span.
The 2006-2007 Crusaders will look to follow in the footsteps of last year's squad, and once again be among the top defensive teams in the country. Last year, Holy Cross ranked 29th in the nation in scoring defense (60.5 points per game), 26th in steals (9.1 steals per game) and 29th in field goal percentage defense (40.2 percent). The Crusaders also led the Patriot League in steals, three-point field goal percentage defense (30.3 percent), blocked shots (3.5 blocks per game) and rebounding margin (+3.9 boards per game).
With 10 letterwinners returning, expect Holy Cross to be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid in March.