Towson vs. La Salle - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
La Salle Explorers (5-5) at Towson Tigers (7-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (SECU Arena)
The Line: Towson Tigers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The La Salle Explorers and Towson Tigers meet Saturday night at the SECU Arena.
The La Salle Explorers have lost five of their last six games and play their third true road game. On the season, La Salle is averaging 61.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jordan Price is averaging 16.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting and Jerrell Wright is averaging 11.8 points on 7.1 rebounds. Steve Zack is grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game and Khalid Lewis is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The La Salle Explorers rely on their defense that is forcing more than 12 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 35 percent shooting from beyond the arc. La Salle has allowed 68 or less points in nine of their first 10 games. Offensively, La Salle is shooting 70.4 percent from the free throw line and 28.1 percent from deep.
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The Towson Tigers have split their last four games and play for the first time in 10 days. On the season, Towson is averaging 64 points on 40.6 percent shooting and are allowing 65.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Four McGlynn is averaging 14.2 points on 43 percent shooting and John Davis is averaging 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. Timajh Parker-Rivera is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game and Alex Gavrilovic is shooting 43.9 from the field. The Towson Tigers are a slow paced team that takes less than 50 shots per game while shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from downtown. Towson is also turning it over 14 times per contest. Defensively, Towson is forcing 10.2 turnovers per game and holding teams to 35 percent from deep.
The Explorers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games overall. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
I like La Salle's physical and defensive style of play but Towson has found ways to win all season and is going to be tough to beat at home. In a toss-up game, I'll gladly take the home team and the free basket.