William & Mary vs. Towson - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Towson Tigers (11-9) at William & Mary Tribe (15-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)
The Line: William & Mary Tribe -6.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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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 won their 5th straight game and improved to 11-9 (5-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 72-61, this past Thursday night. Towson was outstanding defensively against Elon and had no trouble securing the victory after an 11-0 run gave the Tigers a 62-53 lead with just 2:53 left in regulation. Towson shot 46.3% from the field while holding Elon to just 29.7% shooting from the field and 25.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Brian Fobbs who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Towson is averaging 70.3 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Towson has been led by Brian Fobbs (16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), Allen Betrand (13.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Nakye Sanders (9.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg).
Defensively, Towson is allowing their opponents to average 66.3 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
The William & Mary Tribe improved to 15-6 (7-1 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 88-75, this past Thursday night. William & Mary had no trouble generating offense agianst the James Madison defense and lead by double-digits throughout the 2nd half after entering halftime with a 48-34 lead. William & Mary shot 57.9% from the field and 48.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Nathan Knight who had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, William & Mary is averaging 73.9 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. William & Mary is averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (20.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 bpg), Andy Van Vliet (14.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 bpg), and Luke Loewe (11.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Tribe are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Towson has been led by their defense this season as the Tigers currently rank 101st in scoring defense and 57th in defensive FG%, however, the Towson offense has struggled a bit this season a they currently rank just 210th in scoring offense and 232nd in FG%.
William & Mary has been outstanding on the offensive end this season as the Tribe come into this game ranked 114th in scoring offense, 28th in FG%, and 45th in 3P-FG%.
Towson is on a five game winning streak, however, the competition during their streak hasn’t been the strongest as the combined conference record of those opponents is just 12-28. William & Mary is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and as I just don’t see Towson being able to slow down the duo of Nathan Knight and Andy Van Vliet, I’m taking William & Mary to cover this home spread.