Crusaders Head to #19 Michigan on Saturday
The Holy Cross men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 10, when it travels to No. 19 Michigan for a 7:30 p.m. game as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The contest between the Crusaders and the Wolverines will be shown live on Big Ten Network Plus, and will also air live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
In its season opener on Tuesday night, Holy Cross posted a 93-81 victory over Sacred Heart. Sophomore guard Austin Butler led the team with 26 points, while hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts and four of five shots from three-point range. Senior guard Patrick Benzan posted 19 points and five assists, with sophomore guard Caleb Green adding 13 points, five assists and two steals.
The Crusaders are now in their fourth year under head coach Bill Carmody, and are coming off a 2017-2018 season in which they went 12-19 overall and placed sixth in the Patriot League with an 8-10 mark in conference games. Senior forward Jehyve Floyd looks to lead the team this winter, after being named third team All-Patriot League and earning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017-2018.
Michigan stands 1-0 so far this season, after defeating Norfolk State 63-44 on Tuesday night. Junior center Jon Teske led the Wolverines with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots against the Spartans. Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis added 12 points and four boards, and senior guard Charles Matthews chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Wolverines are coming off a 2017-2018 campaign in which they went 33-8 overall, won the Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.
After the contest with Michigan, Holy Cross will continue play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:00 p.m.