Men's Basketball Plays Host To Yale In CIT Second Round
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (20-13, 12-6 PL) vs. Yale (16-13, 9-5 Ivy)
Event: CollegeInsider.com Tournament Second Round
Date: March 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-32
Last Meeting: Yale 61, Holy Cross 54 (January 4, 2013; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 2, Anthony Thompson, 5-10, 150, Fr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
CRUSADERS CONTINUE PLAY IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross will return to action in the second round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, when it plays host to Yale on Saturday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders won their first round game at Brown 68-65 on Monday, while the Bulldogs defeated Quinnipiac 69-68 on Wednesday. The CIT will continue with the quarterfinal round from March 25-27. Both the semifinals (April 1) and the championship game (April 3) will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network. All games in the tournament will be played on campus sites.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: This will be the 68th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bulldogs on the hardwood, with Holy Cross holding a 35-32 advantage in the all-time series. Yale has won the last four games between the schools, although the Crusaders were victorious in eight of the previous 11 meetings. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 14-8 advantage in the series, including an 8-4 mark at the Hart Center. Holy Cross and Yale first met on Feb. 10, 1903, with the Bulldogs posting a 26-10 victory in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 35-32
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 14-8
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 8-4
Milan Brown vs. Yale: 0-3
James Jones vs. Holy Cross: 5-4
Current Win Streak: Yale, four games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-3
HOLY CROSS IN THE POSTSEASON: Holy Cross is taking part in postseason play for the 25th time in school history and the first time since the 2006-2007 season. The Crusaders' victory over Brown in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament was their first in a national postseason tournament since defeating Notre Dame 78-73 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2005, and only their second since 1981. In addition, Saturday's contest against Yale will mark the first time Holy Cross has ever played a home game in a national postseason tournament. The Crusaders's all-time record in the postseason currently stands at 19-23 (7-12 in 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11-11 in 12 trips to the National Invitation Tournament and 1-0 in one appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament).
THOMPSON SELECTED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year, and was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. He is currently averaging 9.4 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 42.1 percent (40 of 95) of his three-point field goals and 77.6 percent (111 of 143) of his free throws. In the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Thompson led the team with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Previously at American in the Patriot League semifinals, he finished with 10 points and three assists. Thompson also played well against Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals, recording seven points, six rebounds and career-high nine assists. A few of his other top games this year have come against Navy (17 points, three rebounds, three steals), at New Hampshire (17 points, five rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, four assists, two steals), at Lehigh (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at Army (13 points, two assists), against Lafayette (13 points), at Loyola (12 points, four assists, two rebounds), at American (12 points), at Bucknell (10 points, six rebounds, four steals), at Navy (10 points, four rebounds, two assists), against Sacred Heart (10 points, two steals) and against Colgate (10 points). Last season, Thompson was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
HOLY CROSS PICKS UP 20TH VICTORY: With the 68-65 victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, the Crusaders recorded their 20th win of the year. This marks the most victories for Holy Cross in a single season since going 25-9 in 2006-2007. It is also the 24th time in school history that the Crusaders have won at least 20 games in a single season.
DUDZINSKI NAMED ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE AGAIN: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has received first team All-Patriot League honors this season, after being a second team All-Patriot League selection a year ago. In 33 games played, he is averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, while hitting 75.5 percent of his free throws (114 of 155). In the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Dudzinski recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Previously at American in the Patriot League semifinals, he led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds. Dudzinski also played well against Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals, totaling 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Army (26 points, seven rebounds, three steals), against Loyola (24 points, 12 rebounds, three steals), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Navy (22 points, 10 rebounds), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Boston University (20 points, five rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), against Lafayette (17 points, 11 rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), at Hartford (17 points, seven rebounds), at Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), against Canisius (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Navy (16 points, nine rebounds), against Colgate (16 points, eight rebounds), against American (15 points, six rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds), at New Jersey Tech (14 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (14 points, five rebounds), at Army (14 points, five rebounds) and at Boston University (12 points, 10 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,355 points, 695 rebounds and 93 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.5 percent (495 of 1,021) of his field goals and 78.3 percent (306 of 391) of his free throws.
BROWN RECAP: Anthony Thompson totaled 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, as Holy Cross posted a 68-65 victory over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on March 17, 2014. Eric Green finished the night with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Dave Dudzinski had 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Malcolm Miller added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks, and Justin Burrell recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Brown was led by Leland King with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The score was tied at 9-9 early on, when the Crusaders used an 8-2 spurt to claim the lead (17-11). After a jumper by Brown's Tavon Blackmon made the score 17-13 with 12:26 left in the first half, Holy Cross scored 12 straight points over the next 2:25 to claim a 16-point advantage (29-13). The Crusaders would eventually lead by 19 points and were still up by 18 (42-24) with 2:36 to go until the break, before the Bears closed out the half with a 7-0 run to make the score 42-31 at halftime. Holy Cross moved its lead back to 14 points (47-33) early in the second half, when Brown went on an 11-2 run to get back into the game. The Crusader lead would then stay between five and 10 points for the majority of the second half, before jumper by King with 2:01 left to play made the score 64-60. Dudzinski would score on Holy Cross' next possession after grabbing an offensive rebound, then Cedric Kuakumensah hit a basket with 30.7 seconds remaining to make the score 66-62. A pair of free throws by Thompson put the Crusaders back in front by six (68-62), but King drained a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds to go to make it a three-point game. The Bears then forced a turnover, but a three-point attempt by King in the closing seconds was blocked by Malachi Alexander, allowing Holy Cross to hold on for the win.
MILLER EARNS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.), one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014, has been named third team All-Patriot League. In 33 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 42.0 percent (37 of 88) of his three-point field goals and 75.2 percent (76 of 101) of his free throws. During the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, he totaled 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Previously at American in the Patriot League semifinals, Miller posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also played well against Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals, leading the team with 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Loyola (career-high 20 points, eight rebounds), at Bucknell (19 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), at New Jersey Tech (18 points, nine rebounds, career-high seven blocks, three assists), at Hartford (18 points), at Army (17 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, three assists), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), against Lehigh (14 points, seven rebounds), against Bucknell (14 points, six rebounds), at American (14 points, four rebounds), at Lehigh (12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, three assists) and against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists). 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 561 points, 379 rebounds, 126 assists, 92 blocked shots and 53 steals, while connecting on 70.7 percent (123 of 174) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 16 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 58.6 points per game, while holding the opposition to 42.1 percent (352 of 837) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 3.3 boards per game over the last 16 contests, in addition to blocking 4.6 shots per game. On Jan. 18, the Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points, while Bucknell scored a season-low 50 points on Feb. 9. Overall, nine of Holy Cross' last 16 opponents have scored less than 60 points, with only one team netting 70 or more points during that time.
PROTECTING THE BALL: In 33 games played this season, the Crusaders have committed only 387 turnovers, for an average of just 11.7 turnovers per game. Holy Cross currently stands third in the Patriot League in fewest turnovers, behind only Bucknell (10.7 turnovers per game) and Colgate (11.5 turnovers per game). The Crusaders' average of 11.7 turnovers per contest is the best in school history, breaking the record which had been set just last year at 12.4 turnovers per game (372 in 30 games).
THE LAST MEETING WITH YALE: Dave Dudzinski scored 18 points on eight of 14 shooting from the field, but Holy Cross was downed by Yale 61-54 at the Hart Center on Jan. 4, 2013. Dudzinski also finished the game with team highs of nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Crusaders. Justin Burrell totaled 17 points and three assists on the night, while Jordan Stevens added eight points, six assists and five rebounds. The Bulldogs were led by Armani Cotton, who posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. The Crusaders held an early 6-2 lead in the first half, before Yale scored the next 11 points to pull in front by seven (13-6). The Bulldogs increased their lead to 11 points (19-8), when Holy Cross responded with an 18-4 run to pull back in front 26-23 with 3:44 left to play before the break. The score remained close for the rest of the half, before Yale took a 31-29 advantage into the locker room. The Bulldogs increased their lead to six points (47-41) with 8:06 left in regulation, before the Crusaders came back to tie up the game at 51-51 on a pair of free throws by Dudzinski with 2:45 remaining. Yale scored the next six points to pull back in front, but after a three-pointer by Phil Beans, Holy Cross had the ball down by three (57-54) with less than a minute to play. A three-point attempt by Burrell was blocked on that possession, and the Bulldogs then hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win. The Crusaders made 40.4 percent (19 of 47) of their field goal attempts on the night, while holding Yale to 32.2 percent (19 of 59) shooting overall and 13.6 percent (three of 22) shooting from three-point range. But Holy Cross also committed 23 turnovers and allowed the Bulldogs to grab 19 offensive rebounds.
GREEN PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE PERIMETER: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has developed into one of the top players in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 33 games played, he is averaging 7.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Green recorded 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Previously against Boston University, he finished with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Green also played well at Loyola (Md.), totaling 12 points and six rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at Lehigh (14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals), at New Jersey Tech (15 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), against Navy (14 points, four rebounds, three assists), at Hartford (12 points, three assists, three steals), at Army (11 points, 10 rebounds, first career double-double), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, two steals), against Colgate (10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS BACKCOURT: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season in the Holy Cross starting lineup. In 30 games played this year, he has averaged 9.1 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws. In the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Burrell recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously at Lehigh, he scored 13 points, including seven points in the game's final 30 seconds. Burrell also played well against Army, tallying 10 points and a career high-tying nine assists, while hitting four free throws in the final 20 seconds. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been against Bucknell (19 points, four rebounds, three assists), at Navy (17 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (15 points, three rebounds), at Michigan (14 points, five assists), at American (13 points, three assists), at Bucknell (13 points, three assists), against Colgate (13 points), against Lehigh (11 points, three rebounds), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, key steal to set up the go-ahead basket), against Canisius (11 points) and against Loyola (10 points). 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 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 848 points, 288 assists, 172 rebounds and 57 steals, while making 35.8 percent (106 of 296) of his three-pointers and 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross posted a 12-6 record in Patriot League regular season play this season. This marks the ninth time the Crusaders have reached double-figures in conference victories since the Patriot League began play in the 1990-1991 season. The school record for most conference wins is held by the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams, which all posted 13-1 marks in the Patriot League. In addition, the 1992-1993 team went 12-2, the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 squads went 11-3, the 2000-2001 team was 10-2, and the 1991-1992 team had a 10-4 record. Holy Cross' nine seasons with double-figure conference victories are the second-most in Patriot League history, behind only Bucknell with 10.
SHARING THE ROCK: This season, four different Holy Cross players have handed out at least 70 assists. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson leads the way with 78 assists, followed by junior guard Justin Burrell (72), junior forward Malcolm Miller (71) and sophomore guard Eric Green (70). This marks the first time since the 1979-1980 campaign that four different Crusaders have dished out at least 70 assists in the same season. In 1979-1980, Bob Kelly led the team with 129 assists, followed by Garry Witts (89), Ronnie Perry (85) and Kevin Greaney (80). In the history of Holy Cross basketball, this year marks only the fourth time there have been at least four players on the same team with 70 assists.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 33 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.7 percent (503 of 692) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (77.6 percent, 111 of 143), senior forward Dave Dudzinski (75.5 percent, 114 of 151) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (75.2 percent, 76 of 101) are also hitting over 75 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 55-66 and a 32-28 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 150-186 (.446). 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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 345-141 at the Hart Center, including a 9-4 mark 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 133-49 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 86-27 record against Patriot League foes.
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 seventh on the team with an average of 6.4 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.3 rebounds per contest. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Alexander narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. 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 at Army (16 points, five rebounds), against Hartford (13 points, seven rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds), at North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds) and against Albany (10 points, four 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.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three current Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Junior guard Justin Burrell currently stands third all-time in career free throw percentage (.835, 172 of 206) and eighth in career games started (89). In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski ranks fifth all-time in single-season games started (33), sixth in career games started (91), eighth in career blocked shots (93) and 15th in career rebounds (695); while junior forward Malcolm Miller is in fifth place on the single-season list for blocked shots (60), fifth on the single-season list for games started (33) and ninth on the career list for blocked shots (92).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of March 16. In addition, three Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||42||Holy Cross||17.1|
|Scoring Defense||55||Holy Cross||65.1|
|Free Throw Percent||70||Holy Cross||72.7|
|Blocked Shots||81||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Fewest Turnovers||115||Holy Cross||11.8|
|Field Goal Percent||131||Dave Dudzinski||47.4|
DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Crusader men's basketball on Dec. 7 at Hartford. He hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half to record the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Dudzinski now ranks 18th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,355 points in 119 career games, good for an average of 11.4 points per contest.
HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 12-6 mark in conference action, the Crusaders finished the regular season with a winning record in Patriot League play. This marks the 15th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 24-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Holy Cross' 15 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 19.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1346-915 (.595), while making 25 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament, 12 to the National Invitation Tournament and one to the CollegeInsider.com 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.
HOLY CROSS AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: The Crusaders have enjoyed a decent amount of success against schools from the Ivy League over the last 14 years. Holy Cross stands 27-23 against Ivy League foes since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The Crusaders have won two of their last three games against Ivy League opponents, including a 1-1 mark this season (defeating Brown and falling to Harvard). Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 201-125 against the eight schools which are members of the Ivy League (44-17 vs. Brown, 5-7 against Columbia, 3-2 vs. Cornell, 68-31 against Dartmouth, 41-26 vs. Harvard, 3-3 against Pennsylvania, 2-7 vs. Princeton and 35-32 against Yale).
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 11 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
March 8 at American: CBS Sports Network
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Several 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 BULLDOGS: Yale currently owns an overall record of 16-13, and placed second in the Ivy League with a 9-5 mark in conference games. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last six games, but are coming off a 69-68 victory over Quinnipiac on Wednesday night. Sophomore forward Justin Sears leads the team by averaging 16.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Junior guard Javier Duren is also enjoying a strong year, averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest. Yale is led by head coach James Jones, who owns an overall record of 206-221 in 15 seasons with the Bulldogs.
DRIBBLES: The game against Yale will be the 34th of the year for the Crusaders, tying the school single-season record set in 2006-2007 ... Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski was selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team ... Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski are serving as the Crusaders' captains this season ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 73.6 percent (391 of 531) of their free throws this season. The school record for opponent free throw percentage for an entire season was set in 1985-1986, when the opposition hit 73.9 percent (526 of 712) of their foul shots ... 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 ... Junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) scored a season-high eight points during the Boston University game. He is now averaging 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points against both Albany and New Jersey Tech. He is currently averaging 2.4 points and 0.9 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 23 career games, totaling 43 points, 16 assists, 13 rebounds and eight steals ... The Crusaders' 18-12 mark in the regular season this year was their best since they had a 22-8 mark entering the Patriot League Tournament in 2006-2007 ... 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.