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Towson vs. Hofstra - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Hofstra at Towson
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
SECU Arena
Towson, MD
The Line
Towson Tigers -10 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
CAA.TV
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Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Hofstra Pride will travel to SECU Arena to take on the Towson Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Hofstra Pride won their 15th straight game and improved to 18-3 (8-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 85-68, this past Thursday night. Hofstra was once again outstanding on the offensive end and had no trouble remaining perfect in CAA play this season after taking a 74-52 lead with 7:27 left in regulation. Hofstra shot 51.9% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pride was Justin Wright-Foreman who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Hofstra is averaging 82.5 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Pride are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hofstra has been led by Justin Wright-Foreman (26.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg), Eli Pemberton (15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Desure Buie (9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.3 spg), and Tareq Coburn (8.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and Jacquil Taylor (7.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg).

Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Pride have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.8.

The Towson Tigers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-14 (3-5 CAA) on the season after upsetting the Northeastern Wildcats, 75-72, this past Thursday. Towson trailed by a 31-26 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensively end throughout the 2nd half and was able to hang on late after taking a 69-61 lead with 1:09 left in regulation. Towson shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded Northeastern by a 40-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Brian Fobbs who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Towson is averaging 67.0 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Towson has been led by Brian Fobbs (16.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), Tobias Howard (9.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), Nakye Sanders (8.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Jordan McNeil (7.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Towson is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Pride are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 22-6-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Tigers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Hofstra continues to pile up wins behind an offense that currently ranks 29th in scoring offense, 20th in FG%, and 26th in 3P-FG%. Towson has lost 7 of their last 10 games and although they do a good job on the boards as the Tigers rank 26th in rebound margin, Towson has struggled offensively as they rank just 316th in scoring offense & 274th in FG%.

Towson has picked up back-to-back impressive wins over Delaware and Northeastern, however, I’m just not solid on the Tigers offense being able to do enough to be able to keep up with Hofstra’s impressive offense. Hofstra should be able to do a better job on the boards than Northeastern did on Thursday and as I think the Hofstra will put up 70-80 points in this one, I think that will be enough to cover this large home spread. Take Hofstra to cover.

Pick:
Hofstra Pride -10

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