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Saders Bound for a Playoff Game at the Hart, Wraps up Regular Season this Weekend

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014

Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:02

 

 Entering the last week of the Patriot League Regular season, the Holy Cross Men’s Basketball team finds themselves in a comfortable position after locking up a home playoff game in the Quarterfinals of the newly formatted Patriot League Tournament. 

   All 10 Patriot League teams technically make the playoffs, but only the top four teams can possess home court advantage. The Crusaders locked up their bid for at least one home playoff game by topping Navy easily, 74-57, thus improving their overall record to 17-11 (11-5 PL).

   Home has been good to the Crusaders all season with an 8-3 record at the Hart Center. In fact, the Crusaders have only fallen in the Hart Center twice, once to American on January 5th, and this past Wednesday to Lafayette. The last regular season home game will take place tomorrow, March 1st, as the Saders look to exact revenge on Boston University in their Senior Game.

   The funny thing is that the Saders only have one senior on the their team— star, Dave Dudzinski. So, in other words, Saturday’s contest is solely for Dudzinski, but the lone senior deserves much credit for his outstanding season, and four-year career as a starter. 

   This past Sunday, Dudzinski casually netted his tenth career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Also, Dudzinski was named the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders’ Winter Homecoming Game versus Navy.

   Dudzinski is no stranger to accolades having earned 2nd All-Patriot team honors. In fact, entering his senior year, Dudzinski is sixth all time in free throw shooting for Holy Cross, with an incredible 80% (192-240) shooting from the charity stripe. Now in his senior year, Dudzinski ranks 4th in the Patriot League in scoring with a vicious 15.4 points per game, and most likely will be earn more All-Patriot Team honors at the season’s end. Nevertheless, the one accolade Dudzinski and the Saders truly desire is a Patriot League Tournament Championship, which guarantees an automatic bid to March Madness.

   Although times are subject to change, the Crusaders will host a Patriot League Quarterfinals game on March 5th at the Hart Center to start their conquest of the Patriot League. As noted, the Saders play better at the Hart, as does Dudzinski. The senior averages 18.4 points per game at the Hart this season.

   Coach Brown’s squad enters the last week of the season winning 10 of their last 12 games. If the Crusaders can continue their winning ways in the postseason, we may see some Saders dancing in March madness.    

   Until then, the Holy Cross team will return to Patriot League post season play to avenge last year’s early blow out loss at Lafayette. Compared to last season’s 4-10 PL record, this season for the Crusaders has been a major improvement. 

   Yet, if its up to Dudzinski, the Saders will continue to entertain the Sader Faithful at the Hart with the team’s consistently valiant efforts to close out the regular season, and to begin postseason play.

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