Towson Tigers vs. Drexel Dragons - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drexel Dragons (2-11) at Towson Tigers (8-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (SECU Arena)
The Line: Towson Tigers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Drexel Dragons will travel to SECU Arena to take on the Towson Tigers this Thursday night.
The Drexel Dragons lost their 7th straight contest and dropped to 2-11 (0-2 CAA) on the season after losing 73-47 to the William & Mary Tribe this past Monday. The Dragons allowed the Tribe to shoot 55.1% from the field and 44.0% (11-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Drexel was Damion Lee who had 18 points, 7 rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals. The Dragons are currently ranked 267th in the RPI Standings and have played the 68th ranked SOS. On the season, Drexel have been led by Damion Lee (20.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg) and Tavon Allen (10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, the Dragons are averaging 58.0 ppg (ranked 331st) on 38.1% shooting (ranked 325th). Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.6 ppg (ranked 171st) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 271st). The Dragons allow their opponents to shot 38.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 314th). Drexel grabs an average of 23.31 defensive rpg (ranked 213th) and 33.85 total rpg (ranked 225th). Drexel will be without their leading rebounder Rodney Williams due to a foot injury.
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The Towson Tigers snapped a 6 game losing streak and improved to 8-7 (1-1 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix 57-53 this past Monday. The Tigers held the Phoenix to just 35.1% shooting from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Towson was Walter Foster who had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers are currently ranked 212th in the RPI Standings and have played the 311th ranked SOS. On the season, Towson have been led by Four McGlynn (13.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg) and John Davis (10.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 65.0 ppg (ranked 246th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 276th). Towson does a good job getting to the free-throw line as they currently have the 4th most FT attempts in the country. Defensively, the Tigers are allowing their opponents to average 64.0 ppg (ranked 131st) on 40.3% shooting (ranked 101st). Towson grabs 14.87 offensive rpg (ranked 13th), 25.4 defensive rpg (ranked 102nd) and 40.27 total rpg (ranked 25th).
The Dragons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 1-4 ATs in their last 5 games overall.
Towson picked up a much needed win against Elon recently and if their defensive can turn in a similar effort as they did this past Monday, then Drexel will find it real tough to put much offensive up on the board. As long as the Tigers contain Damion Lee, I think they’ll win this one easily and cover the spread. Take Towson to cover in this one.