GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-13, 3-6 PL) vs. American (9-15, 4-5 PL)
Date: February 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (3,044), Washington, D.C.
Television: CBS Sports Network; Bob Socci, play-by-play; Chris Spatola, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 18-11
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 79, American 60 (January 19, 2013; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 12, Christopher Morgan, 6-7, 215, Fr.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-6, 190, So.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 5, Cullen Hamilton, 6-3, 185, Fr.
CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE AMERICAN: Holy Cross returns to action when it travels to American on Sunday, Feb. 17, for a 12:00 p.m. game which will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network. The Crusaders are currently tied for sixth place in the Patriot League with a 3-6 mark in conference games, while the Eagles are in a tie for fouth place at 4-5. Following the contest at American, Holy Cross comes home to take on Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:00 p.m.), before returning to the road to face Bucknell on Sunday, Feb. 24 (12:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: This will be the 30th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 18-11. The Crusaders have won the last two meetings between the schools, but prior to that American came out victorious in eight of the previous 10 games. For games played in Washington the Eagles hold an 8-7 advantage with six straight wins. Holy Cross and American first played on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 18-11
In Washington: American leads, 8-7
At Bender Arena: American leads, 8-6
Milan Brown vs. American: 4-6
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 11-17
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Sophomore Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his second season as Holy Cross' starting point guard, after being selected as the 2011-2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Through 24 games played this season, he has averaged 12.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.1 percent (51 of 56) of his free throws. During the victory over Navy, Burrell totaled 14 points and five assists. Previously against Army, he led the team with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Burrell also had a solid game against Bucknell, recording 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), against Columbia (29 points, four assists, three rebounds), against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), against Morgan State (16 points, four assists), at Lehigh (16 points), at Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), at San Francisco (15 points), at Harvard (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at St. John's (12 points, five assists), at Lafayette (10 points, five assists, two rebounds) and at Hartford (10 points, three assists). Burrell started all 29 of the Crusaders' games last year, averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, and hitting 77.4 percent (65 of 84) of his free throw attempts. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 514 points, 183 assists, 106 rebounds and 31 steals, while making 82.9 percent (116 of 140) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS LOOK TO TURN IT AROUND IN THE SECOND HALF: During Milan Brown's tenure as Holy Cross' head coach, the Crusaders have had much more success in Patriot League play during the second half of the conference season. Holy Cross is looking to continue that trend this year, and currently stands 1-1 in the second half of the Patriot League season after posting a 2-5 mark the first time through conference play. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 campaign, the Crusaders stand just 8-13 during the first half of the conference schedule, with a losing record every year. But Holy Cross has responded with an 11-5 mark the second time it faces each league foe, including winning marks in each of the last two seasons.
DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG DOWN LOW: Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions this year. In 24 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest, while connecting 49.1 percent (134 of 273) of his field goals and 84.1 percent (90 of 107) of his free throws. During the victory over Navy, Dudzinski totaled 13 points and eight rebounds. Previously against Lehigh, he led the team with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Dudzinski also had a solid game at Colgate, recording 15 points and eight rebounds. Some of his other top games this year have come at San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), against Columbia (31 points), against Bucknell (26 points, five rebounds), at Harvard (22 points), against Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), against New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), at Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), against Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), at Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Boston College (15 points, six rebounds), against American (14 points, 10 rebounds), at Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), at Lafayette (13 points, five rebounds), against Army (12 points, seven rebounds), at St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), at Providence (11 points, eight rebounds), against Maine (10 points, nine rebounds) and against Dartmouth (10 points, four rebounds). In 29 games played last season, Dudzinski averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 48.7 percent (97 of 199) of his field goal attempts and 83.1 percent of his free throws (69 of 83). During the 2010-2011 campaign, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 27 games played, while hitting 54.8 percent (51 of 93) of his field goal attempts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 770 points, 414 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.9 percent (282 of 565) of his field goals and 81.0 percent (175 of 216) of his free throws.
NAVY RECAP: Justin Burrell totaled 14 points and five assists to lead Holy Cross to a 66-57 victory over Navy at the Hart Center on Feb. 12, 2013. Dave Dudzinski also had a strong night for the Crusaders, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead after the first three and half minutes of play. The Midshipmen were able to trim the margin down to six points (17-11), before a 10-2 spurt put the Crusaders up by 14 (27-13). The Holy Cross lead would grow as large as 18 points (37-19), before the Crusaders eventually took a 43-28 advantage into the locker room at half time. Navy came out on fire to start the second half, hitting its first four shots and using a 10-0 run to make the score 43-38 with 17 minutes left to play. The Midshipmen would later trim the margin to four points (49-45), before the Crusaders used an 8-0 spurt to go back up by 12 (57-45) with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Holy Cross still held a double-digit lead (62-51) with 5:32 on the clock, when the Midshipmen scored the next six points to make it a five-point game (62-57) with 1:58 to go. But the Crusaders would not let Navy score another point the rest of the way, and hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win. Malcolm Miller finished the game with nine points and four rebounds for Holy Cross. Eric Obeysekere added eight points and nine rebounds, while Dee Goens totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds. The Midshipmen were led by Worth Smith with 19 points and eight rebounds.
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has become one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders. In 24 games played so far this season, he has averaged 6.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. During the victory over Navy, Miller recorded nine points and four assists. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Miller also played well during the first meeting with American, filling up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Navy (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds, first career double-double) at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (10 points), against Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) and at San Francisco (eight points, six rebounds, two assists). As a freshman in 2011-2012, Miller averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 194 points, 180 rebounds, 54 assists, 31 blocked shots and 23 steals.
BEANS PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE POST: Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) is once again playing a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In 22 games played, he has averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, while making 42.1 percent (32 of 76) of his shots from three-point range and 90.6 percent of his free throws (29 of 32). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures six times. During the game at Colgate, he finished with 10 points and three rebounds. Previously against Army, Beans recorded 13 points and three rebounds. He also played well at Lafayette, leading the team with 14 points and three rebounds. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come against Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds), at Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists), against Dartmouth (18 points, three rebounds), against Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds), against American (10 points, six rebounds), at Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and at Navy (10 points, four rebounds). In 28 games last year, he averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest, while making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his three-point field goal attempts. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Beans has now recorded 414 points, 224 rebounds and 26 blocked shots, while connecting on 39.0 percent (53 of 136) of his three-point field goals and 81.3 percent (61 of 75) of his free throws.
THE LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: Jordan Stevens scored a career-high 18 points, to lead Holy Cross to a 79-60 victory over American at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, 2013. Stevens also posted three assists and two rebounds, while hitting seven of 11 shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. Holy Cross hit a season-best 61.9 percent of its shots from three-point range (13 of 21), while making 52.6 percent of its field goals overall (30 of 57). The Crusaders also committed only eight turnovers on the day, while holding American to 38.0 percent shooting from the floor (19 of 50) and 31.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc (seven of 22). Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to an early 7-2 lead, and had increased that margin to seven points (14-7) with 13:47 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes, to build their lead to 19 points (30-11). Holy Cross would eventually increase its lead to 24 points (41-17) with 3:47 left in the half, before taking a 45-27 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders were still up by 19 (53-34) with 12:51 remaining in regulation, when the Eagles scored eight straight points to make the score 53-42. The Holy Cross lead would later stand at 12 points (63-51) with 5:37 left on the clock, before the Crusaders used a 10-2 spurt to put the game away. Dave Dudzinski posted his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Malcolm Miller added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Cullen Hamilton also had a strong game with 13 points and two assists, and Phil Beans finished with 10 points and six rebounds. American was led by Stephen Lumpkins with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been an excellent free throw shooting team during the 2012-2013 season, making 76.3 percent (284 of 372) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 91.1 percent (51 of 56) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 90.6 percent (29 of 32) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 84.1 percent (90 of 107) of his foul shots. The Crusaders are on pace to post the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history. The record is currently held by the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad, which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. The last time the Crusaders made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season came in 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).
OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. He is currently averaging 4.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, despite missing seven contests due to either injury or illness. During the victory over Navy, Obeysekere totaled six points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the season at Boston College, he led the team with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds, while hitting seven of eight field goal attempts. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this year have come at Providence (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), against Lehigh (six points, eight rebounds), at Harvard (six points, five rebounds), at San Francisco (four points, eight rebounds) and at Hartford (two points, 10 rebounds). Last season, he averaged 3.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. In 2010-2011, Obeysekere averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 310 points, 417 rebounds and 116 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 24 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.1 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held nine of its opponents to 60 points or less this season. Last year, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), while holding their opponents to 66.8 points per game and 42.1 percent field goal shooting overall.
STEVENS STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has become one of the Crusaders' top players on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In 24 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 steals per contest. During the first meeting with American, he led the team with a career-high 18 points, three assists and two rebounds. Earlier in the season against Maine, Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also played well against Texas-San Antonio, totaling 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come at Hartford (nine points), against Yale (eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals) and against Morgan State (seven points, two rebounds). In 28 games played in 2011-2012, he averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while making 44.0 percent (22 of 50) of his three-point field goal attempts. As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 479 points, 197 rebounds and 134 assists, while connecting on 33.3 percent (76 of 228) of his three-point field goal attempts.
HAMILTON STARTS CAREER STRONG: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year. Hamilton is currently averaging 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. During the victory over American, he recorded 13 points and two assists, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Previously against Columbia, Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds and two assists. He also played well against Dartmouth, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come against Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds) and New Hampshire (11 points). His 15 points against Old Dominion were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans scored 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008.
BROWN NOW IN THIRD YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his third season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2012-2013, with an overall record of 34-48 and a 19-18 mark in Patriot League regular season games. With the win over Army on Feb. 9, 2011, he recorded the 100th victory of his collegiate head coaching career. Brown's overall career record now stands at 129-168 (.434). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 10. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in four individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||8||Holy Cross||76.4|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||32||Holy Cross||29.8|
|Field Goal Percent||91||Dave Dudzinski||49.1|
|Scoring Defense||98||Holy Cross||63.0|
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1325-897 (.596), 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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 336-136 at the Hart Center, including a 6-4 mark so far this year. The Crusaders posted their 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14, 2008. Holy Cross had a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center from Feb. 15, 2006-Jan. 2, 2008, which was the longest streak in the history of the building and the sixth-longest home court winning streak in the nation at the time. In 2006-2007 the Crusaders posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since they moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 31 out of 37 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 123-44 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 78-23 record against Patriot League foes.
HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Senior center Phil Beans, sophomore guard Justin Burrell and junior forward Dave Dudzinski are serving as the Crusaders' captains for the 2012-2013 season. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Devin Brown and R.J. Evans, who were the Crusaders' captains during the 2011-2012 campaign.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Two current Holy Cross players have already earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior forward Eric Obeysekere currently ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (116). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in fifth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.810).
HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Six years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament crown with a 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Navy (1994, 1997 and 1998) and Bucknell (2005, 2006 and 2011) being tied for second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Eight of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least seven games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television eight times in 2010-2011, nine times in 2009-2010, 10 times in 2008-2009, eight times in 2007-2008, 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2012-2013 season:
Nov. 21 at St. John's: SportsNet New York
Nov. 27 at Providence: Cox Sports
Jan. 12 at Lehigh: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 23 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 26 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 30 vs. Army: Charter TV3
Feb. 17 at American: CBS Sports Network
PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of most Patriot League regular season games during the 2012-2013 season will be available over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, click here.
CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of all 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games was available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, was available for $8.95 per game. Season packages were also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For more details on Crusader Vision, click here.
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SCOUTING THE EAGLES: American has an overall record of 9-15 on the season, including a 4-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have lost five of their last eight games, and are coming off a 60-47 setback at Lehigh on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is senior forward Stephen Lumpkins, who has averaged 15.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Senior guard Daniel Munoz has added 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard John Schoof is chipping in with 9.8 points per game while hitting 49.1 percent (57 of 116) of his three-point field goal attempts. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 211-177 record in 13 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 357-281, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.
DRIBBLES: Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds during Tuesday's victory over Navy, after scoring a season-high eight points in the previous contest against Lehigh ... Freshman forward Christopher Morgan (Gloucester, Va.) scored a career-high six points at Providence, then posted four points and a career-best six rebounds against Lehigh in his first career start ... During the Bucknell game on Jan. 26, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society ... Holy Cross made 52.6 percent of its field goal attempts (30 of 57) and 61.9 percent of its three-pointers (13 of 21) during the victory over American on Jan. 19. The Crusaders have now won their last eight games in which they have made at least half of their shots from the floor, and are 9-1 in their last 10 games when making at least half of their attempts from behind the three-point arc ... Holy Cross' .619 three-point field goal percentage against American on Jan. 19 was its best in a single game since hitting 66.7 percent of its three-point attempts at Bucknell on March 3, 2010, in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament ... Former Crusader George Kaftan (Class of 1949) was selected as one of the 75 best players in the history of March Madness by the NCAA. In addition, the 1946-1947 Crusaders were chosen as one of the top 25 teams of all-time. From Jan. 9 through March 24, fans can vote on the top 15 all-time players and the best team at 'www.NCAA.com/MarchMadness' ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2002 through 2005, the Crusader men's basketball team posted a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Holy Cross' overall Graduation Success Rate for all student-athletes was 98 percent, tied for the fifth-best mark among all Division I schools.