Men's Basketball Returns To Action At Siena On Saturday

Dec. 17, 2007

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The Teams: Holy Cross (7-1, 0-0 PL) vs. Siena (5-3, 2-0 MAAC)
Date: December 22, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Date: Times Union Center (8,065), Albany, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Siena All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester;, internet
Siena Radio: Robert Lee, play-by-play; Tom Huerter, color; WROW 590 AM, Albany, N.Y.
Series Record: Siena leads, 6-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 65, Siena 57 (November 18, 2006, Worcester, Mass.)

Pos.  No.  Name                Ht.   Wt.   Cl.
F      21  Alex Vander Baan    6-9   205   Jr.
F      33  Colin Cunningham    6-6   210   Jr.
C      00  Tim Clifford       6-11   260   Sr.
G       2  Kyle Cruze          6-2   175   Sr.
G      20  Pat Doherty        5-11   170   Jr.

THE SERIES WITH SIENA: This will be the 11th meeting between the Crusaders and the Saints on the hardwood, with Siena leading the all-time series 6-4. The Saints had won four straight games in the series and five out of six, before Holy Cross posted a 65-57 victory at the Hart Center last season. For games played at Siena, the Saints hold a 5-0 advantage, including a 4-0 mark at the Times Union Center (formerly Knickerbocker Arena). The schools first met on Feb. 6, 1990, with Holy Cross winning 103-76 at the Hart Center.

Overall: Siena leads, 6-4
In Albany: Siena leads, 4-0
At the Times Union Center: Siena leads, 4-0
Ralph Willard vs. Siena: 1-1
Fran McCaffery vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

THE ROAD WARRIORS: The Crusaders continue to have success in games played away from home, as shown by their perfect 3-0 mark in road games this season. Holy Cross has posted victories at St. Joseph's (71-66), Hampton (60-52) and Fairfield (67-54) so far in 2007-2008. The Crusaders ability to win away from home will be tested over the next month, as they will continue a stretch in which six of seven contests will come on the road. Holy Cross plays at Siena (Dec. 22) and at Sacred Heart (Dec. 30), before a home date against Boston University (Jan. 2). Three straight road games then follow for the Crusaders, against San Franciso (Jan. 5), Maryland (Jan. 8) and Lafayette (Jan. 12). Last season, Holy Cross posted a 10-6 record in true road games.

CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG ROLE IN THE MIDDLE: Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) is once again among the top big men in the conference this season, after earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2006-2007. In the first eight games of the season, he has averaged 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest, while hitting 61.6 percent (53 of 86) of his field goal attempts. In the St. Joseph's game, Clifford recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, while hitting eight of 12 shots from the floor. During the previous contest against Dayton, he led the team with 20 points, hitting seven of 14 field goal attempts and two of four three-pointers. Clifford also played well against Yale, totaling a season-high 23 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists, while hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts. Some of Clifford's other top games this season have been against Harvard (22 points and four rebounds), Hampton (22 points and six rebounds) and Ohio (11 points on five of six shooting). In 34 games played last year, Clifford averaged 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. He was even more impressive in Patriot League regular season games, averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. Clifford's biggest game last season came on Feb. 15, 2007, at Navy, when he scored a career-high 33 points to go along with four rebounds and four blocked shots (hitting 12 of 19 field goals and all eight of his free throws). Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford has now totaled 849 points, 395 rebounds and 157 blocked shots. He currently needs 151 points to become Holy Cross' 44th 1,000-point scorer.

CRUSADERS HAVE FAST START: Holy Cross began the 2007-2008 season by winning its first six games, good for is best start during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach. Previously, the best start by the Crusaders under Willard came in 2006-2007, when they began the year 5-0 with wins over Fairfield (67-65 in overtime), Hampton (62-47), Siena (65-57), Harvard (82-69) and William & Mary (66-57). This season's 6-0 start was the best by Holy Cross since the 1988-1989 team also opened the year at 6-0, defeating Mount St. Mary's (90-82), New Hampshire (89-73), Assumption (105-84), Harvard (91-74), Fordham (79-68) and Boston College (85-80). This year marked the ninth time in school history in which Holy Cross opened a season with at least six straight victories.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In eight games played so far this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 55.2 points per contest, 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 36.0 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 8.1 boards per game, while forcing 15.0 turnovers per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held its opposition to only 58.5 points per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in five of the last six seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8; and eighth in 2006-2007 at 57.5). Here is a look at Holy Cross' defensive statistics under Ralph Willard.

Season       PPG    FG%   3FG%    SPG    BPG
1999-2000   63.3   39.6   31.3    6.5    3.8
2000-2001   62.3   38.2   35.2    6.3    5.2
2001-2002   59.6   42.0   38.5    7.8    3.1
2002-2003   58.7   40.6   33.2    7.9    4.5
2003-2004   58.6   40.3   32.9   10.7    4.5
2004-2005   56.8   38.9   36.3   10.3    5.0
2005-2006   60.5   40.2   30.3    9.1    3.5
2006-2007   57.5   41.4   37.8    9.5    3.6

CRUZE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has developed into a strong player in the Holy Cross backcourt. Through the first eight games of the season, he has averaged 5.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per contest. During the St. Joseph's game, Cruze posted season-highs of 13 points and six assists, while hitting four of five field goal attempts (including three of four three-pointers). Previously against Ohio, he hit the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds remaining, while totaling seven points, four assists and he rebounds. Earlier this season, Cruze recorded 10 points, two rebounds and two steals against Hofstra, while finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win at Fairfield. During the 2006-2007 season, Cruze started 25 games for the Crusaders, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.

ST. JOSEPH'S RECAP: Tim Clifford and Alex Vander Baan both had 16 points and seven rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 71-66 victory over St. Joseph's at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Dec. 4, 2007. The Crusaders took control of the game from the opening tip, starting the game on a 12-0 run over the first seven minutes of play. Clifford scored six of his points during that spurt, while Vander Baan added four. The Holy Cross lead would grow as large as 18 points (27-9) with 3:23 left in the half, before St. Joseph's went on a 12-5 run to cut the gap to 11 points. The Crusaders eventually held a 34-21 advantage at the break. The Holy Cross lead stayed in double figures early in the second half, before the Hawks finally closed to within nine points (51-42) with 10:45 left. The Crusaders built their lead back up to 13 points (62-49), but St. Joseph's then went on a 6-0 run to make things interesting. The Hawks eventually came as close as five points (66-61) with two minutes left to play, but the Crusaders would make five of seven free throws in the final minute to hold on for the victory. Holy Cross shot 50.0 percent from the field (25 of 50) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (eight of 14), while turning the ball over just 11 times. The Crusaders also had 22 assists on their 25 made field goals. Kyle Cruze totaled 13 points and a team-high six assists, while Andrew Beinert had a career-high 10 points and four assists. Pat Calathes led St. Joseph's with 19 points and five rebounds, and Tasheed Carr added 17 points and six boards.

VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is once again a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this year. In seven games played so far this season, he has averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (10 of 20) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the St. Joseph's game, Vander Bann totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, while making all four of his free throws in the final minute of play. In the previous contest against Dayton, he recorded 11 points and seven rebounds, and hit all three of his shots from the floor. Vander Baan also had a big night against Harvard, posting 18 points and eight rebounds, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Some of Vander Baan's other top performances this season have come against Hofstra (15 rebounds, 10 points, three assists and three blocks) and Fairfield (11 points and four rebounds). In 34 games played last year, Vander Baan averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while making 36.2 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (17 of 47). His top performance of the 2006-2007 season came at Lehigh on Feb. 25, when he recorded 14 points and eight rebounds. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Vander Baan has now totaled 492 points, 392 rebounds, 111 assists, 52 steals and 25 blocked shots.

CLIFFORD BREAKS BLOCKED SHOT RECORD: Senior center Tim Clifford broke the Holy Cross record for career blocked shots during the victory over Yale on Nov. 28, 2007. Clifford's record-breaking block came at the 5:15-mark of the second half, when he swatted away an attempted jump shot by the Bulldogs' Porter Braswell. That block moved him past Nate Lufkin (2001-2005), who had 153 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career. Clifford, who currently has 157 blocked shots during his career as a Crusader, also owns two of the top six spots on the school single season list for blocks (64 in 2006-2007; 48 in 2005-2006).

MEISTER BUILDS ON ALL-ROOKIE YEAR: Sophomore forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is coming off a 2006-2007 season in which he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. In eight games played so far this year, he is averaging 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. In the victory over Yale, Meister totaled eight points and nine assists, while making his first career start. He previously posted eight points and six rebounds against Ohio, while recording seven points and nine boards in the season opener against Hofstra. Last year, Meister averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as the first big man off the bench for the Crusaders. His top game last season came against Southern Illinois in the NCAA Tournament, when he scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Meister also had a big night in the 2007 Patriot League quarterfinal victory over Lafayette, when he just missed a double-double with nine points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

THE LAST MEETING WITH SIENA: Keith Simmons recorded 18 points and a career high-tying 11 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 65-57 victory over Siena at the Hart Center on Nov. 18, 2006. Simmons posted the second double-double of his collegiate career, while Alex Vander Baan added 11 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. The teams traded baskets early in the game, and the Crusaders held a 16-14 lead with 10 minutes left to play before the break. Siena then went on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes, to build its largest lead of the day (25-16). But Holy Cross responded with an 18-4 run to close out the half, taking a 34-29 lead into the locker room. The Crusaders stayed hot to start the second half, using a 10-2 run to take a 13-point lead (44-31) with 15 minutes left in regulation. But the Saints came right back with a 13-2 spurt to make it a two-point game, and eventually tied the score at 50-50 with six minutes remaining. Holy Cross was able to go back in front by two, before David Ryan hit a three-pointer to give Siena its first lead of the second half (55-54), with just 3:12 left to play. But Vander Baan made a put back after an offensive rebound on the next possession, igniting an 11-1 run which put the game away. Overall the Crusaders held the Saints to just two points over the final three minutes of play. Torey Thomas scored a game-high 20 points for Holy Cross, to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Michael Haddix led Siena with 13 points and four rebounds, while Ryan and Kenny Hasbrouck scored 11 points each. As a team, the Crusaders posted a 43-21 rebounding advantage, in addition to posting 11 steals.

DOHERTY TAKES OVER AT THE POINT: Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has taken over as the starting point guard for the Crusaders this year, after serving as the first guard off the bench in 2006-2007. Through the first eight contests of the season, Doherty has averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. In the victory over Ohio, he recorded 12 points, six assists and three steals. Doherty previously totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals at Fairfield, after tying his career-high with 18 points against Hofstra, to go along with four assists and three rebounds. In 28 games played last season, Doherty averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. His top game last year came at Yale when he totaled 18 points, four assists and three steals, while hitting five of six shots from the field and all four of his three-point attempts. Doherty returned to the Holy Cross lineup last season, after missing the majority of the 2005-2006 campaign due to injury, and receiving a medical redshirt. As a freshman in 2004-2005, Doherty was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 368 points, 180 assists, 119 rebounds and 84 steals.

CLIFFORD NAMED PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior center Tim Clifford was named the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Clifford was also one of five players selected to the preseason all-conference team. Along with Clifford, other selections to the squad were Army senior guard Jarell Brown, Bucknell senior guard John Griffin, Lehigh sophomore guard Marquis Hall and Navy senior guard Greg Sprink. Clifford, Brown and Sprink all earned second team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 season, while Hall was last year's Patriot League Rookie of the Year.

CRUSADERS PICKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2007-2008 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in first place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 91 total points in the poll, and 10 out of 16 first place votes. Following Holy Cross in the poll were Bucknell (second, 85 points, five first place votes), Colgate (third, 62 points, one first place vote), Lehigh (fourth, 56 points), American (fifth, 49 points), Army (sixth, 42 points), Navy (seventh, 34 points) and Lafayette (eighth, 29 points).

WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his ninth season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 166-90 during his time in Worcester. He now stands in second place on the all-time school list for career victories, behind only George Blaney (357-276 / 1972-1994). Last season, Willard was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He was previously named the conference's Coach of the Year during the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Willard has led the Crusaders to four Patriot League tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 seasons. He has also guided Holy Cross to four Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, with the 2002-2003 squad posting an overall record of 26-5 to come up just one win shy of the school single season record for victories. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Willard spent five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and four years as head coach at Western Kentucky University. He led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament during each of his final two seasons (advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992-1993), and his overall career record stands at 310-214. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

CUNNINGHAM STARTS SEASON STRONG: Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has taken over as the starting small forward for Holy Cross this year, and has been one of the Crusaders' top players. In the victory over Yale, Cunningham posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while making all three of his three-point attempts. Previously against Ohio, he totaled 12 points and three rebounds. Some of Cunningham's other top performances this season have come against Fairfield (career-high 17 points, 10 of 10 on the free throw line), Harvard (13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals) and Hampton (10 points, six rebounds and five assists). Overall this season, Cunningham is now averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Senior center Tim Clifford and senior guard Kyle Cruze have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season, while junior guard Pat Doherty and junior forward Alex Vander Baan will serve as co-captains. These four players will take over the leadership role from Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, who served as the Crusaders' captains as seniors during the 2006-2007 season.

MAY PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) has been the first Holy Cross player off the bench this season at the wing positions. In eight games played, he has averaged 7.9 points and 2.6 rebounds. May's top game so far this year came against Harvard, when he scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds. He also had nine points and two rebounds at Fairfield, while scoring eight points against Ohio. Last season, May played in 18 games for the Crusaders, totaling 29 points and eight rebounds.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders have once again shown themselves to be an outstanding rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has outrebounded each of its first eight opponents, while averaging 34.4 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 8.1 boards per contest. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 3.5 rebounds per game. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game, followed by senior center Tim Clifford with 4.9 boards per contest. Junior forward Colin Cunningham and sophomore forward Eric Meister have each added 4.6 rebounds per game, while junior guard Pat Doherty has contributed 3.4 rebounds per contest. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 32.1 rebounds per game, and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 4.3 boards per game. Holy Cross really stepped things up in Patriot League regular season play last year, outrebounding the opposition by 8.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents to average just 25.2 rebounds per contest. Five different players averaged at least 3.6 boards per contest for Holy Cross in 2006-2007.

CRUSADERS EXTEND HART CENTER WINNING STREAK: Holy Cross currently owns a 22-game winning streak at the Hart Center, including a perfect 4-0 record so far this season. The Crusaders own the fifth longest current home court winning streak in the nation, behind only Brigham Young (37 games), Memphis (36 games), Notre Dame (25 games) and Indiana (24 games). In addition, the 22-game winning streak is the longest in the history of the Hart Center, which opened on December 1, 1975. Last season Holy Cross posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since it moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 28 out of 32 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 15 times. The Crusaders stand 295-104 all-time at the Hart Center, including an 82-12 mark since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Here is a look at the longest winning streaks in Hart Center history.

Rank    Streak  Dates                   Ended By
  1.  22 games  2/15/2006-present       --
  2.  15 games  1/9/1993-1/12/1994      Lehigh (87-85)
  3.  14 games  11/23/2002-11/25/2003   Williams (78-71)
      14 games  12/22/1980-1/9/1982     Boston U. (96-82)
  5.  11 games  12/28/2000-11/20/2001   Boston U. (61-49)
  6.  10 games  1/5/2005-3/6/2005       Bucknell (67-51)
      10 games  12/1/1975-1/22/1976     Connecticut (73-69)

HOLY CROSS SHOWS BALANCE ON OFFENSE: The Crusaders graduated the top two scorers off of their 2006-2007 team in Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, but a number of players have stepped up on the offensive end to make up for those losses. Holy Cross currently has five players averaging at least 7.9 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, followed by junior forward Alex Vander Baan at 11.1 points per contest. Junior forward Colin Cunningham has averaged 9.5 points per game, junior guard Pat Doherty has added 8.0 points per contest, and sophomore forward Adam May is chipping in with 7.9 points per game.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 89th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1256-800 (.611), 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 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, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 44th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .6034 through games of Dec. 16. The Crusaders are the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Colgate (158th, .5040). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 129th best in the country, and the hardest in the Patriot League. The Crusaders concluded the 2006-2007 season ranked 59th in the country in the RPI with a rating of .5730. Holy Cross was also ranked 111th in the RPI in 2005-2006 (.5304) and 49th in 2004-2005 (.5657)

SCOUTING THE SAINTS: Siena enters the game with an overall record of 5-3 on the year, including a 2-0 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Saints are currently on a three-game winning streak, and also have a perfect 3-0 mark at home. Junior guard Kenny Hasbrouck leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.6 points per game, while sophomore forward Alex Franklin has averaged 17.0 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per contest. Sophomore forward Edwin Ubiles (16.3 points per game) and sophomore guard Ronald Moore (10.8 points per game) are also scoring in double figures for the Saints. Siena is led by Fran McCaffery, who is now in his third season with the Saints, with a 40-28 overall record. McCaffery's career record stands at 179-155, including six years at North Carolina-Greensboro and three seasons at Lehigh.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, a number of the Crusaders' basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 19th straight season, Bob Fouracre will call the play-by-play for most of the games. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their fourth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WTAG is currently scheduled to air 17 of the Crusaders' 28 regular season games. All 28 regular season games will also be carried live over the internet at "". In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross is currently scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2007-2008 season. The Crusaders had 13 television appearances last year, and 10 television games during both the 2005-2006 and 2004-2005 campaigns. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2007-2008 season:

Date     Opponent            Television Outlet
Jan. 2   Boston University   WCTR-TV3
Jan. 8   Maryland            Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Jan. 12  Lafayette           Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 18  Bucknell            ESPNU
Feb. 2   Lehigh              ESPNU
Feb. 16  Bucknell            ESPN2
Feb. 27  Colgate             WCTR-TV3
Feb. 29  Lehigh              ESPNU

CRUSADER ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of a number of Holy Cross basketball games will be available over the internet through Crusader All-Access. The package, done in association with College Sports Television Online, is available for a $9.95 monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, click here.

DRIBBLES: The Crusaders are ranked sixth in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll from, released on December 10.