Northeastern vs. Towson - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Towson Tigers (13-7) at Northeastern Huskies (12-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Matthews Arena)
The Line: Northeastern Huskies -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Towson Tigers will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Towson Tigers had their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-7 (4-3 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Charleston Cougars, 40-37, this past Thursday. Both teams played outstanding defense in this one and Towson couldn’t get a three-pointer by Mike Morsell in the closing seconds to force OT. Towson shot just 23.9% from the field and 56.0% (14-25) from the free-throw line. The Tigers held the Cougars to 33.3% shooting from the field and 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Towson was Walter Foster who had 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks from off the bench. On the season, the Tigers have been led by William Adala Moto (14.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Bryon Hawkins (13.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Mike Morsell (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Towson is averaging 72.4 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 5.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Towson is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
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The Northeastern Huskies dropped to 12-8 (4-3 CAA) on the season after suffering a tough 96-92 (3 OT) defeat against the Hofstra Pride this past Thursday. Northeastern was able to overcome a 42-32 halftime deficit to force the overtimes, but struggled throughout the game on the boards and couldn’t pick up the win. Northeastern shot 44.6% from the field and 50.0% (17-34) from beyond the arc. The Huskies allowed the Pride to shoot 43.6% from the field and was outrebounded by Hofstra by a 60-32 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was David Walker who had a double-double with 18 points, 13 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (17.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.3 apg), Quincy Ford (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Zach Stahl (11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Northeastern is averaging 73.8 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 8.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.16. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg on 46.1% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.6 and average 6.8 steals per game.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Huskies are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss and 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 games following a ATS loss.
Although I’m a bit nervous to see how much energy Northeastern will have after their tough triple OT loss against Hofstra, I think the Huskies will have the outside shooting to help them put up points on the tough Towson defense that ranks 41st in the country in scoring defense. Towson has struggled on the road in CAA play with their only victory being a 79-77 victory of the 5-13 Delaware Blue Hens and I just don’t think they’ll be able to cover with the points against the Huskies. I’m taking Northeastern to cover in this one.