Towson vs. UNC Wilmington - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Towson vs. UNC Wilmington - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (7-15) at Towson Tigers (12-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm (SECU Arena)

The Line: Towson Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks and the Towson Tigers meet in CAA college basketball action from the SECU Arena on Thursday night.

The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 72-70 win over Charleston in their last outing. Shykeim Phillips led the Seahawks with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Ty Gadsden added 16 points with a team-high 4 assists and Jaylen Sims added 13 points with a pair of threes, 6 rebounds and 3 assists to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Seahawks in the win. Marten Linssen added 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds as well in the victory. Sims leads UNCW in scoring with an average of 13.5 points per game while Mike Okauru leads the Seahawks in rebounding with 5.3 rebounds per game and Kai Toews leads UNC-Wilmington in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UNC-Wilmington is averaging 69.9 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

The Towson Tigers will look to add to their current six-game winning streak after a 70-58 win over William & Mary last time out. Jason Gibson led the way with 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Brian Fobbs added 17 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists. Allen Betrand came right behind with 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Towson in the win. Nakye Sanders added 9 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Dennis Tunstall added a team-high 8 rebounds with a pair of steals and 4 blocks. Fobbs leads Towson in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game while Sanders leads the Tigers in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and Jakigh Dottin leads the Tigers in assists with 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Towson is averaging 70.2 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 76.4% from the foul line this season.

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UNC-Wilmington is 4-11-3 ATS in their last 18 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Towson is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win. The underdog is 18-4 ATS in the last 22 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

The points with UNCW are tempting as the Seahawks have done well in winning back-to-back games. However, the Seahawks have still struggled mightily for much of the year, especially on the road where the Seahawks are being outscored by 15.8 points per game this year. The number feels thick with Towson as the Tigers are only winning by an average of 3.8 points per game in conference play, but Towson is also outscoring teams by 11.2 points per game at home and 11.6 points during this six-game winning streak, which includes a seven-point win on the road at UNCW when the two met almost a month ago. I just see Towson putting a foot down at home here, so I’ll lay the points here.

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