James Madison Dukes (8-19) at Towson Tigers (18-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Towson Tigers -8 -- Over/Under:
The James Madison Dukes will travel to SECU Arena to take on the Towson Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The James Madison Dukes dropped to 8-19 (4-10 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the College of Charleston Cougars, 81-78 in OT, this past Thursday. James Madison allowed College of Charleston to fight back and force overtime after the Dukes led by an 8-point margin with under five minutes to play and couldn’t pull off the upset victory after the Cougars, Grant Riller, hit the game winning three-pointer with just 2.2 seconds left in overtime. James Madison shot 43.3% from the field and was outrebounded by the Cougars by a 41-28 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Dukes was Matt Lewis who had 33 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, James Madison is averaging 73.8 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosley (19.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Matt Lewis (13.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Darius Banks (9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg), and Develle Phillips (9.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 75.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Towson Tigers improved to 18-10 (8-7 CAA) on the season after defeating the Delaware Blue Hens, 67-65, this past Thursday. In a tight back and forth game, Towson was able to pull away late after two free-throws by the Tigers Brian Starr gave Towson a 67-63 lead with just 0:26 seconds left in regulation. Towson shot 44.6% from the field and outrebounded Delaware by a 37-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Mike Morsell who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Towson is averaging 76.9 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Towson has been led by Zane Martin (19.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg), Mike Morsell (14.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), Brian Starr (8.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Eddie Keith II (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 bpg). Defensively, Towson is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
James Madison has played better as of late, winning 4 of their last 8 games, and come into this matchup ranked 185th in scoring offense and 270th in scoring defense. Towson as traded wins and losses since mid-January and although their offense is more dangerous this season as it ranks in the top-100 in both scoring offense and FG%, the Tigers defense isn’t as strong as it has been over the past couple years and have allowed their opponents to average 78.3 ppg over their last 4 games which is over 8-points higher than their season average. James Madison is a better team that what we saw at the beginning of the season and as the Dukes were able to pick up a nice 6-point victory at home against Towson, I think James Madison can do enough in this one with the points to cover. Take James Madison and the points.