LOCATION: Worcester, Mass.
COACH: Bill Carmody
CONFERENCE: Patriot League
BID: Tournament champion
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORD: 7-12 in 12 appearances
LAST NCAA APPEARANCE: 2007
SCORING LEADERS: Malachi Alexander, 12.0; Robert Champion, 11.5; Karl Charles, 10.8
BRIEFLY: Holy Cross saved its best basketball for last. It entered the conference tournament as the ninth seed and became the first team in Patriot League history to win four games in the tournament. The Crusaders knocked off No. 1 seed Bucknell before beating second-seeded Lehigh for its record sixth title. ... The Crusaders are led by long-time college coach Bill Carmody, who previously was head coach at Princeton (1996-2000) and Northwestern (2000-13). ... They represent a Jesuit university with an enrollment of 2,900 students near Boston.