July 20, 2007

Crusaders Getting Ready For Upcoming 2007-2008 Season

July 20, 2007

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Heading into the 2007-2008 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 graduation of Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, the Crusaders return an all-conference selection, three starters and seven of the nine players who saw action in the regular rotation. With the addition of two 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 2006-2007 campaign in which they posted an overall record of 25-9, good for their fifth 20-win season in the last seven years. Holy Cross won the Patriot League regular season title with a 13-1 mark in conference games, then went on to claim the Patriot League tournament championship for the fourth time in the last seven seasons. The Crusaders also made their 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while advancing to the postseason for the fifth time in seven years.

The 2007-2008 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 eighth in the nation in scoring defense (57.5 points per game), 11th in steals (9.5 steals per game) and 47th in rebound margin (+4.3 boards per game). The Crusaders also led the Patriot League in scoring defense, steals, blocked shots (3.6 blocks per game), scoring margin (+6.4 points per game) and turnover margin (+1.6 turnovers per game).

With 12 letterwinners returning, expect Holy Cross to be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid in March.