Towson vs. James Madison - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (20-9) at Towson Tigers (19-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SECU Arena)
The Line: Towson Tigers PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports; Comast Network - PA; Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic Plus, SNY
The James Madison Dukes will travel to SECU Arena to take on the Towson Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The James Madison Dukes snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 20-9 (10-6 CAA) on the season after defeating the Delaware Blue Hens, 75-50, this past Saturday. James Madison had little trouble with Delaware and was able to cruise to victory after gaining a 37-23 halftime lead. James Madison shot just 35.1% from the field and 23.3% (7-30) from beyond the arc, but did hit 73.7% (28-38) of their FT’s in the win. The Dukes held the Blue Hens to 39.1% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-8 margin. Leading the way for James Madison was Ron Curry who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Ron Curry (16.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Shakir Brown (11.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Yohanny Dalembert (9.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 76.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.09. Defensively, James Madison is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 39.3% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 3.8 and average 4.3 steals per game.
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The Towson Tigers improved to 19-10 (10-6 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 67-56, this past Saturday. Towson allowed Elon to fight back early in the 2nd half but used a run midway through the 2nd half to get a 56-43 lead in which they would hang on for the victory. Towson shot 37.3% from the field and outrebounded Elon by a 45-35 margin. The Tigers held the Phoenix to 31.0% shooting from the field and 24.0% (6-25) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Towson was John Davis who had 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Tigers have been led by William Adala Moto (14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.5 apg), Byron Hawkins (13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Mike Morsell (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Towson is averaging 72.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Towson is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 40.9% shooting. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Dukes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
James Madison is once against one of the better CAA teams this season as they are a well-rounded team that ranks 117th in the country scoring offense and 89th in scoring defense. Towson has one of the better defenses in the CAA as they rank 49th in the country in scoring defense and have been holding teams to just 63.6 ppg at home this season. Towson is an impressive 11-3 on the season, however, as they are just an average team against defending the three-pointer which is one of James Madison strengths, along with the fact that the Dukes are 9-2 on the road this season, I’m going to be taking James Madison to get the road win in this one.