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Southern Jaguars vs Holy Cross Crusaders Pick

When: 6:40 PM ET, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV
Line: Holy Cross +2, Total: 128.5
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Holy Cross vs Southern Preview

The Crusaders will attempt to end their 63-year postseason winning drought Wednesday when they meet fellow No. 16 seed Southern in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. The Jaguars are in the Big Dance for the first time since 2013, when they stretched top-seeded Gonzaga to the limit before dropping a 64-58 decision.

The Jaguars (22-12) like to push the pace, relying on a guard-oriented, dribble-drive offense that leads the SWAC in shortest time of possession, and also possesses the conference’s best turnover rate (16.3 percent). Trelun Banks (12.6 points), son of Jaguars coach Roman Banks, is the team’s second-leading scorer and was named conference tournament MVP after averaging 17 points in Houston. The Crusaders(14-19) run a Princeton-style offense led by 6-7 junior forward Malachi Alexander (12 points, 5.5 rebounds), who scored 26 points in the Patriot title game and a tournament-record 83 points during Holy Cross’ four-game run.

SOUTHERN JAGUARS
Adrian Rodgers 15 PTS, 6 REB, 42.2 FG%
Trelun Banks 11 PTS, 3 REB, 37.4 FG%
Jarred Sam 9 PTS, 6 REB, 0.6 BLK

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS
Karl Charles 10 PTS, 5 REB, 0.7 BLK
Malachi Alexander 10 PTS, 6 REB, 45.9 FG%
Robert Champion 9 PTS, 4 REB, 40.8 FG%

Prediction: Southern 70 – Holy Cross 63

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