Men's Basketball Opens Patriot League Play At Boston U.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-6, 0-0 PL) vs. Boston University (7-6, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 2, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. **
Place: Agganis Arena (7,200), Boston, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230 AM, Worcester; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 51-12
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 68, Boston University 49 (Jan. 2, 2009; Boston, Mass.)
** Due to the weather, the start time has been moved to 1:00 p.m.
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 43, Taylor Abt, 6-8, 225, Jr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
G, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.
HOLY CROSS SET TO OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY: The Crusaders will open up Patriot League play at Boston University on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross then returns to the Hart Center for its next two games, playing host to American on Sunday, Jan. 5 (1:00 p.m.), and Colgate on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (7:00 p.m.). The Crusaders will follow that brief homestand with a trip to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 8 (2:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY: This will be the 64th meeting between the Crusaders and the Terriers on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 51-12. The Crusaders have won six straight and seven of the last nine meetings in the series, but prior to that Boston University had won five straight games against Holy Cross. For games played in Boston, the Crusaders hold a 19-6 advantage. Holy Cross and Boston University first met on January 10, 1903, with the Crusaders posting a 33-4 victory in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 51-12
In Boston: Holy Cross leads, 19-6
At Agganis Arena: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Milan Brown vs. Boston University: 1-1
Joe Jones vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, six games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 24th season of play in the Patriot League with the contest at Boston University. During their first 23 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 15-8 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 10-4 in league openers over the last 14 years, including four wins over Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007; 81-67 in 2008-2009; 70-65 in 2010-2011); two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001) and Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004); and one win over both Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002) and Lehigh (84-78 in 2011-2012). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43), at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52) and 2009-2010 (84-74), and at Lehigh in 2012-2013 (79-47). The Crusaders also stand 13-10 all-time in their first Patriot League road game of the season, with an 8-6 mark since 1999-2000.
DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post this season, after being named second team All-Patriot League a year ago. In 12 games played, he is averaging 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per game, while hitting 49.7 percent of his field goal attempts (73 of 147) and 79.3 percent of his free throws (46 of 58). During the Michigan game, Dudzinski totaled 17 points and six rebounds. Previously at New Jersey Tech, he recorded 14 points and six rebounds. Dudzinski also played well against Canisius, posting his sixth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), at Hartford (17 points, seven rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds) and at North Carolina (11 points, five rebounds). Last year, Dudzinski averaged a team-best 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting on 48.3 percent (166 of 344) of his field goals and 81.7 percent (107 of 131) of his free throws. He scored a career-high 31 points at San Francisco last season, then matched that mark with 31 points in last year's game with Columbia. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,058 points, 537 rebounds and 74 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.4 percent (387 of 783) of his field goals and 79.9 percent (238 of 298) of his free throws.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. In nine games played this year, he has averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (11 of 22) of his three-point attempts and 78.6 percent (11 of 14) of his free throws. During the Michigan game, Burrell posted 14 points and five assists, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. Previously at New Jersey Tech, he recorded eight points, three rebounds and two assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been against Canisius (11 points, two assists), against Sacred Heart (nine points, eight assists), at North Carolina (nine points, two rebounds), against Harvard (eight points, four assists) and against Hartford (seven points, two assists). Last year, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.3 percent (63 of 69) of his free throws. Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds during last year's victory at Sacred Heart, while recording 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in the win over Columbia. He previously earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-2012, after 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 644 points, 244 assists, 131 rebounds and 38 steals, while making 83.2 percent (139 of 167) of his free throws.
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has been one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. In 12 games played this season, Miller is averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the victory over New Jersey Tech, he led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven blocks and three assists. Previously against Canisius, Miller recorded 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. He also played well at Hartford, scoring 18 points while hitting six of seven field goal attempts and four of five shots from three-point range. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been against Hartford (nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals), against Harvard (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks), against Belmont (eight points, four steals, two blocks), against Albany (eight points, three assists, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (eight points, three rebounds). Last season, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 317 points, 242 rebounds, 85 assists, 52 blocked shots and 37 steals.
MICHIGAN RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 17 points and six rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Michigan 88-66 at the Crisler Center on Dec. 28, 2013. Justin Burrell finished the night with 14 points, five assists and no turnovers, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. The Wolverines were led by Glenn Robinson with 23 points and five rebounds. The game was close for the majority of the first half, and Michigan led by five points (31-26) with four minutes left before the break. The Wolverines then went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to double-figures, eventually taking a 42-30 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders trailed by 10 points (48-38) with 16:57 left in regulation, when Michigan used an 18-4 spurt to put the game away. The Wolverines would go on to lead by as many as 28 points down the stretch, before claiming a 22-point victory in the end. Michigan has an outstanding night shooting the ball, hitting 55.9 percent (33 of 59) of its field goals, 44.4 percent (eight of 18) of its three-pointers and 73.7 percent (14 of 19) of its free throws. Holy Cross made 43.5 percent (10 of 23) of its shots from three-point range, but hit only 41.0 percent (25 of 61) of its field goals overall. The Wolverines also held a 37-28 rebounding advantage.
ALEXANDER STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) has been a key player for the Crusaders down low this season. He currently ranks third on the team with an average of 9.9 points per game, and stands second with an average of 4.8 rebounds per contest. During the victory over Albany, Alexander recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Previously against Hartford, he totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. Earlier in the season, Alexander posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. A few of his other top performances this year have come against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds) and North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds). Alexander came to Holy Cross from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where he led the team to an overall record of 27-1 and the Maryland Class 4A state championship as a senior.
HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year. Hamilton is averaging 15.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, while hitting 42.5 percent (17 of 40) of his three-point field goals and 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws. After missing six games due to injury, he returned to the court against Michigan and scored nine points. Previously against Belmont, Hamilton led the team with 16 points, two rebounds and two assists. He also had a huge night against Sacred Heart, totaling a career-high 35 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton hit 11 of 21 field goal attempts and six of eight free throws against the Pioneers, while tying the school single-game record with seven three-pointers made (on 13 attempts). In addition, Hamilton had a solid game at Fairfield with 13 points and four rebounds. Last season, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 280 points, 103 rebounds and 32 assists, while hitting 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts (55 of 170).
GREEN MOVES INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has taken over as a starter in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 12 games played, he is averaging 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. During the victory over New Jersey Tech, Green recorded 15 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Previously at Hartford, he totaled 12 points, three assists and three steals. A few of Green's other top performances this season have come in the first meeting with Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
THE LAST MEETING WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Andrew Beinert scored 18 points on seven of nine shooting from the field, to lead Holy Cross to a 68-49 victory over Boston University at Agganis Arena on Jan. 2, 2009. Andrew Keister also had an outstanding night for the Crusaders, posting a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Crusaders made their first six shots of the night, jumping out to a quick 12-3 lead after the first four minutes of play. Holy Cross would extend its lead to as many as 12 points (17-5), before the Terriers responded with a 7-2 run to get back into the game. The Crusaders eventually took a 29-22 advantage into the locker room. After Boston University opened the second half with a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game, Holy Cross used a 10-0 spurt to increase its lead to 15 points (39-24) with 16 minutes left to play. The Crusaders eventually went up by 19 points (48-29), before the Terriers used a 10-0 run to close the gap to nine points (48-39). But that was as close as Boston University would get, as Holy Cross responded with an 8-0 run of its own and then pulled away for a 19-point victory. The Crusaders used outstanding defense to limit the Terriers to just 49 points on 37.2 percent shooting from the field. Colin Cunningham finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while R.J. Evans added 12 points and six rebounds. The Terriers were led by Jake O'Brien with 16 points.
THOMPSON PLAYING KEY MINUTES: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year, but has not played since the Canisius game on Dec. 16 due to injury. He is currently averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 76.8 percent (43 of 56) of his free throws. During the victory at New Hampshire, Thompson posted career highs of 17 points and five rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. Previously against Belmont, he recorded 15 points, four assists and two steals, and knocked down four of five attempts from three-point range. Thompson also had a big game earlier in the year against Sacred Heart, totaling 10 points and two steals. Last season, he was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2013-2014 season. Both Burrell and Dudzinski were also among Holy Cross' leaders during the 2012-2013 season, serving as tri-captains along with Phil Beans.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 12 games played, the Crusaders have hit 73.3 percent (222 of 303) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) leads the way by hitting 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 79.3 percent (46 of 58) of his foul shots. Junior guard Justin Burrell (78.6 percent, 11 of 14), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (76.8 percent, 43 of 56) and freshman forward Malachi Alexander (75.0 percent, 42 of 56) are also hitting at least 70 percent from the charity stripe this year. In 2012-2013, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good for the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history behind only the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. Prior to last year, the Crusaders had not made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season since 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).
BROWN NOW IN FOURTH YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his fourth season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2013-2014, with an overall record of 41-59 and a 20-22 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 136-179 (.432). 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).
CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2013-2014 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders' three outright titles are the second-most in league history, and Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (five outright, three shared).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1332-908 (.595), 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 and coaches 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.
DUDZINSKI NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski has been selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Dudzinski was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola (Md.) senior guard Dylon Cormier, Boston University senior guard D.J. Irving and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight. In addition, Irving was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.
CRUSADERS PICKED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 70 total points in the conference preseason poll. Boston University placed first in the poll, with 162 total points and 18 first-place votes, followed by Lafayette in second with 130 points and two first-place votes, Army in third (115 points), Bucknell in fourth (113 points), Loyola (Md.) in fifth (109 points) and Lehigh in sixth (93 points). The preseason rankings were rounded out by Colgate (eighth, 49 points), American (ninth, 36 points) and Navy (10th, 23 points).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 22. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski, sophomore guard Eric Green and junior forward Malcolm Miller stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||53||Holy Cross||73.7|
|Blocked Shots||101||Malcolm Miller||1.7|
|Three-Point Percent||101||Holy Cross||36.4|
|Field Goal Percent||138||Dave Dudzinski||50.4|
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 339-138 at the Hart Center, including a 2-1 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 32 out of 38 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 126-46 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.
CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, 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 2013-2014 season:
Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: Live Well Network
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Twelve of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th 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. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.
CRUSADERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:
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SCOUTING THE TERRIERS: Boston University enters the game with an overall record of 7-6 on the season. The Terriers have lost four of their last five games, and are coming off a 73-67 setback at St. Joseph's on Sunday. Sophomore guard Maurice Watson leads the team with averages of 15.0 points and 6.5 assists per game, while hitting 57.3 percent (82 of 143) of his field goal attempts. Senior forward Dom Morris has added 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest, while senior guard D.J. Irving is chipping in with 12.2 points per game. Boston University is led by Joe Jones, who is 40-35 in three seasons as the Terriers' head coach. Jones' career record stands at 126-143, including seven seasons at Columbia.
DRIBBLES: During the Nov. 24 victory over Hartford, the Crusaders allowed the Hawks to make just one field goal in the first half. That tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a half (since the shot clock era began in 1986), matching Kansas State, which held Savannah State to just one made shot in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008 ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points against both Albany and New Jersey Tech. He is currently averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 15 career games, totaling 41 points, nine rebounds and seven assists ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2003 through 2006, 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 fourth-best mark among all Division I schools.