Preview: Holy Cross at Army

The Army Black Knights (13-9, 3-5 in Patriot League) will meet the Holy Cross Crusaders (6-17, 3-5 in Patriot League) Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Both teams rebounded with big wins this weekend after three straight losses. Holy Cross blew out Patriot League co-leaders Lafayette (73-46).

When: Wednesday February 10 @ 7 PM

Where: West Point, NY at Christl Arena

Army dominated Colgate with a stifling defense and won handily 63-49.

Army won the first meeting this year against Holy Cross in Worcester (67-64) on January 13. Josh Miller had one of the best games of his Army career that night. Miller scored 22 points and dished out five assists. Cleveland Richard was the hero late as he blocked a last second three point shot to secure the win for the Black Knights.

The Matchups:

Holy Cross, like Army, is led by a first year head coach Sean Kearney. Kearney spent the previous eight years as the associate head coach at Notre Dame. Kearney took over after Ralph Willard resigned this past summer. Willard had built Holy Cross into one of the premier programs in the Patriot League.

Coming off an 18 win season with four starters returning the Crusaders were selected as preseason favorites to win the Patriot League. Holy Cross's fall has surprised all league followers as they have consistently found ways to lose. The Crusader's are hoping their huge win against Lafayette will turn their season around.

This team does have talent. Andrew Keister a 6-9 junior forward is a force down low. Keister averages 9.8 points per game and 9.2 rebounds. In their first meeting he gave Army fits underneath. Keister scored 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting while pulling in a season high 18 rebounds and blocking two shots. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans is Holy Cross's leading scorer averaging 13.7 points per game. Evans has most of his success driving to the basket. Army contained Evans their first meeting allowing him only 6 points. Army's lock down defense matches up well against his drive to the hoop game.

Army must do a better job on the boards than they did in the first game when they were out rebounded 36-25. Sophomore guard Devin Brown is the Crusaders best long-range shooter hitting at 47.4% while providing Holy Cross instant offense off the bench. Army needs to contests his shots like they did in the first game when Brown was held to only 2 of 8 from three point range. Holy Cross's decline can be traced to its defense. The Crusaders are one of the worst defensive teams in the league allowing 72.4 points per game.

When America hears the names Richard Simmons they think of an overzealous fitness guru. For Army basketball fans it's the names of its two best offensive players, Cleveland Richard and Julian Simmons. In the victory over Colgate they scored nearly half of the Black Knights points. Putting the ball in their hands gives Army its best chance to win. Josh Miller despite a poor shooting afternoon had a very good game against Colgate. Miller dished out five assists with no turnovers while playing terrific on defense. Holy Cross has struggled on the road going a dismal 1-10. With its win over Colgate Army improved to 10-1 at Christl Arena. Army matches up well athletically against the Crusader's guards. It is important that the Black Knights limit second chance opportunities for Holy Cross and do a better job blocking out than they did in first game. Top Stories