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Drexel vs. Towson - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Towson Tigers (14-7) at Drexel Dragons (3-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (John A. Daskalakis Center)

The Line: Drexel Dragons +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Towson Tigers will travel to the Daskalakis Athletic Center to take on the Drexel Dragons in College Basketball action this Thursday night.

The Towson Tigers improved to 14-7 (5-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Northeastern Huskies, 79-72, this past Saturday. Towson was able to gain a 25-19 lead at halftime in this one and keep up with the Huskies in a high scoring 2nd half to secure the win. Towson shot 46.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-12 margin. The Tigers allowed the Huskies to shoot 43.5% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Towson was John Davis who had a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Tigers have been led by William Adala Moto (14.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), Byron Hawkins (13.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Mike Morsell (11.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Towson is averaging 71.0 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field and 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 5.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.88. Defensively, Towson is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg on 39.2% shooting. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.5 and average 5.0 blocks per game.

Drexel vs. Towson - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drexel Dragons lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 3-16 (1-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 77-71, this past Sunday. Drexel was able to get out to a five-point halftime lead but allowed the Seahawks to take the lead early in the 2nd half and couldn’t get enough defensive stops to ever retake the lead. Drexel shot 44.2% from the field and was outrebounded by UNC Wilmington by a 43-29 margin. The Dragons allowed the Seahawks to shoot 45.2% from the field and 58.3% (7-12) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Drexel was Rodney Williams who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Dragons have been led by Tavon Allen (12.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Terrell Allen (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 spg), and Rodney Williams (9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, Drexel is averaging 63.3 ppg on 38.1% shooting from the field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dragons average 4.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.94. Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting. The Dragons have a rebound margin of -2.4 and average 4.1 blocks per game.

 The Tigers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Dragons are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 14-34-3 ATS in their last 51 home games.

Towson is one of the best defensive teams in the CAA as they rank 31st in the country in scoring defense and 24th in defensive FG%. Drexel lost their best player in Damion Lee who decided to transfer to Louisville and has had difficulty finding offense throughout the season. Towson was able to easily defeat Drexel in their first matchup of the season, however, Drexel has been competitive at home this season and as I think this game will be a low scoring affair, I believe the Dragons will be able to do just enough to cover with the points. Take Drexel and the points. 

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