When these two teams met early in the conference season, Holy Cross had a hard time dealing with the balanced attack of American. The Eagles shot 51 percent and every one of the starters were in double figures at the end of the night.
But since that time, Holy Cross has turned things around. The Crusaders have the No. 3 defensive efficiency in the conference and really close things out inside. They also have one of the best shot blocking teams in the league, lead by Malcolm Miller, who swats more than 6 percent of the shots he sees.
Will it be enough to defend against the all-around shooting of American, who used 3-point prowess to drop several teams, most notably Boston University? We will find out right here at 1 p.m. Eastern.