William & Mary vs. Towson - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Towson Tigers (12-6) at William & Mary Tribe (12-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)
The Line: William & Mary Tribe -2.5 -- Over/Under: 154 See the Latest Odds
The Towson Tigers will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Towson Tigers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-6 (2-3 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 76-73, this past Thursday night. Towson led for the majority of the 2nd half, however, couldn’t hang on at the end after the Pride’s, Jalen Ray, hit a game-winning three-pointer for Hofstra at the buzzer. Towson allowed Hofstra to shoot 45.0% from the field and 50.0% (13-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Justin Gorham who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in 25 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Towson is averaging 75.0 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Towson has been led by Zane Martin (18.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Mike Morsell (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Brian Starr (8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Eddie Keith II (8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Towson is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
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The William & Mary Tribe won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-4 (5-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 89-82 in OT, this past Thursday night. William & Mary was fought back to force overtime after being down by a 17-point margin at halftime, and pulled away late in overtime after finishing the last :53 seconds on an 8-0 run. William & Mary shot 38.1% from the field and outrebounded James Madison by a 51-29 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was David Cohn who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 87.2 ppg on 51.2% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.2 three-pointers per game on 45.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (19.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.6 bpg), Matt Milon (15.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), David Cohn (13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.4 spg), and Justin Pierce (12.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 79.1 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -1.5.
The Tigers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Tribe are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 24-9-2 ATS in their last 35 games following a ATS loss.
Towson has one of the best defenses in the CAA coming into this matchup ranked 53rd in scoring defense and 40th in defensive FG. William & Mary pulled off an incredible comeback against James Madison and have one of the more explosive offenses in the country that ranks t-11th in scoring offense, 9th in FG%, 1st in 3P-FG%, and 2nd in FT%. William & Mary is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and as the Tigers defense has been venerable as of late, I’m taking the Tribe to cover this small home spread. Take William & Mary to cover.