Colorado Buffaloes (0-0) vs Towson Tigers (0-0)
2023-11-06 19:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -14.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
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The Towson Tigers and the Colorado Buffaloes meet Monday in college basketball action from Coors Events Center. Towson is coming off a 21-12 overall record last year, finishing in third place among the Colonial Athletic Association standings. As for Colorado, they managed an 18-17 run last season and a trip to the Second Round of the NIT. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers took a bit of a step back in 2022-23, but still finished near the top of the CAA standings. Towson went 21-12 overall and 12-6 in conference play, tied for third among the standings (behind Hofstra and Charleston). The Tigers would eventually lose to Charleston in the Semifinals of the conference tourney.
Looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, Towson gets Pat Skerry back for his 13th season at the helm. Skerry has two returning starters to work with as he attempts to get the team back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. Forward Charles Thompson (12.2 PPG) will serve as a two-way big man and co-captain, and Wofford transfer Messiah Jones adds some talent in the frontcourt.
Over on the Buffaloes’ side, they couldn’t make much headway in a crowded Pac-12 last year. Colorado posted an 8-12 conference record alongside their 18-17 overall run, which left the team near the bottom of the standings. The Buffaloes did earn an invite to the NIT, where they lost in the Second Round to Utah Valley 81-69.
The good news is that Colorado gets head coach Tad Boyle back for a 14th season, and he’ll be working with three returning starters. Lawson Lovering and Nique Clifford have moved on, but guys like KJ Simpson (15.9 PPG) and Tristan Da Silva (15.9 PPG) will pick up the slack. Eddie Lampkin arrives via the transfer portal (TCU) as well. He’ll provide some much-needed rebounding and scoring under the basket.
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I’m going to stay with Colorado in this one. The Buffaloes have an interesting group of players heading into this season, and Boyle got some extra experience with some of them over the summer as the coach of Team USA in the FIBA U19 World Cup (finishing fourth). Five-star freshman Cody Williams (brother of Jalen) was a part of that group. He’s got some hefty expectations heading into this season but if all goes well Williams should be another great contributor to this Colorado team. They’ve got a chance to take a big step forward this season, and should be a trendy underdog pick to do some major damage in the conference.