Well the game starts in about 2 hours. I see this game as pivotal for Holy Cross.
OPTION #1 * A win raises the team record to 5-3 (winning records have been few and far between lately). * A "statement" win by a margin of 10 or more (atypical for CBC coached teams) shows the team is back on track headed into the UMass and URI games.
OPTION #2 * A loss drops the team to .500 (putting the HC/FDU series at 0-2 for the Cross with the Cross never having beaten FDU. * A home court loss takes something away from the Hart advantage some of us had hoped to see starting up again this year. * A potentially dispirited HC heads into UMass and the DCU game against a strong URI team facing more losses and potential losing record.
The Series All-Time Series...1-0 at Holy Cross...0-0 Knights Streak...W1
Last Meeting..FDU 87, Holy Cross 76 (11/22/17 at FDU) The Knights shot 62.5 percent in the second half and sprinted past Holy Cross for a 78-67 victory last season in the first-ever matchup. The Knights blitzed the Crusaders with a 10-0 run in the second half, which spanned 1:10 and was highlighted by a vicious dunk from Elyjah Williams, which resulted in a 65-63 lead at the five-minute mark. From that point on, the momentum continued as the Knights ran away with the victory.Four Knights scored in double figures led by junior guard Darnell Edge, who netted a career-high 23 points and dished out six assists in his 39 minutes of action. Mike Holloway Jr. recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Darian Anderson scored 17 to go along with six assists in the win. The Knights overcame 19 turnovers by out-rebounding the Crusaders 37-27. Holloway and Williams each nabbed three offensive boards in the win, which contributed to 16 second-chance points for the home team. Freshman guard Caleb Green led the Crusaders with 22 points and junior forward Karl Charles tallied 17 in the loss.
Opening Tip Playing for the second time in three days, the Knights dropped a non-conference road test 69-59 at Providence on Tuesday night. The Knights played the Big East Friars tough and remained within striking distance throughout the contest including a 40-39 second-half score, but ultimately were unable to take the lead. Senior guard Darnell Edge's final campaign in Hackensack is off to a great start as he earned NEC Player of the Week honors on Monday and currently ranks fourth in the conference with 17.5 ppg.
Today's game marks a return to Worcester for Greg Herenda, who spent five seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross (1989-94). Through the first six games, the Knights are averaging 8.2 made 3-pointers per game, the highest rate since they knocked down 8.5 per game in 2002-03. The NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll selected the Burgundy & Blue to finish second this season with one first-place vote. Mike Holloway Jr. was named Preseason All-NEC at this year's NEC Media Day.
MY WISH LIST: I would really like to see (in order): 1. A Holy Cross win 2. HC stopping FDU's 3-point shots...big time 3. Improved rebounding (both OR and DR) by HC after we were out rebounded so badly last year. 4. Improved scoring by all the team, especially JF. 5. An effective 8-9 man HC rotation.