Towson vs. Delaware - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Delaware Blue Hens (11-16) at Towson Tigers (17-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm (SECU Arena)
The Line: Towson Tigers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
The Delaware Blue Hens will travel SECU Arena to take on the Towson Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Delaware Blue Hens lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 11-16 (4-10 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the William & Mary Tribe, 83-66, this past Saturday. Delaware trailed by a 47-39 margin at halftime and allowed William & Mary to pull away in the 2nd half after a 15-4 Tribe run gave William & Mary a 64-45 lead with 11:59 left in regulation. Delaware allowed William & Mary to shoot 50.0% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 17-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Ryan Allen who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, Delaware is averaging 70.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Ryan Daly (16.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Ryan Allen (15.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Eric Carter (10.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Anthony Mosley (9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -0.5. Ryan Daly is likely to miss this contest as he is not expected to return to action until late February due to an ankle injury.
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The Towson Tigers dropped to 17-10 (7-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Northeastern Huskies, 77-62, this past Saturday. Towson struggled defensively against Northeastern and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Huskies run gave Northeastern a 69-53 lead with 4:19 left in regulation. Towson allowed Northeastern to shoot 57.1% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Towson was Zane Martin who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Towson is averaging 77.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Towson has been led by Zane Martin (20.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg), Mike Morsell (14.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), Justin Gorham (8.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Eddie Keith II (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 bpg). Defensively, Towson is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Blue Hens are 33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 games following a ATS loss however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Tigers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Delaware has suffered some injuries to key players this season and hasn’t picked up a victory since their best player, Ryan Daly, went down with an ankle injury at the end of January. Delaware has struggled on both sides of the ball as the Blue Hens come into this game ranked just 256th in scoring offense and 230th in scoring defense. Towson has been trading wins and losses since the end of January and although they are not as strong defensively as we’ve seen in past years, the Tigers do have a more explosive offense and come into this matchup ranked 89th in scoring offense and 124th in scoring defense. Towson is 9-3 at home this season and as I expect their offense to get back on track against a weak Delaware defense that has allowed their opponents to average 80.7 ppg in their last 3 losses, I expect Towson to be able to cover this large spread at home. Take Towson to cover.