Aug. 5, 2005
Heading into the 2005-2006 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 losing three starters due to graduation, the Crusaders return their top two scorers and six of the nine 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 2004-2005 season in which they posted an overall record of 25-7, totaling the sixth-most victories in school history. Holy Cross also dominated Patriot League regular season play, recording a 13-1 mark to tie the conference single season record for victories. In addition, the Crusaders became the first team in Patriot League history to receive an at-large berth in a postseason tournament, with Holy Cross advancing to the second round of the NIT.
The 2005-2006 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 fifth in the nation in scoring defense (56.8 points per game), sixth in steals (10.3 steals per game) and seventh in field goal percentage defense (38.9 percent). The Crusaders also led the Patriot League in each of those categories, in addition to having the conference's best marks in scoring margin (+10.1 points per game), blocked shots (5.0 blocks per game), assists (14.0 assists per game) and turnover margin (+3.6 turnovers per game).
With seven letterwinners returning off last year's outstanding team, expect Holy Cross to be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid in March.