Towson vs. Northeastern - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Towson vs. Northeastern - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Northeastern Huskies (15-15) at Towson Tigers (18-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Entertainment & Sports Arena)

The Line: Towson Tigers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5

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The Northeastern Huskies and Towson Tigers will square off at the Entertainment and Sports Arena this Sunday night in the Quarterfinals of the CAA Championship.

The Northeastern Huskies finished their regular season with an overall record of 15-15 and earned the 6-seed in the CAA Championship with a 9-9 conference record. Northeastern lost to Towson by a 75-72 margin last Sunday, however, the Huskies are playing well entering the CAA Tournament as they’ve won 4 of their last 6 games which included an impressive 65-51 victory over the 4-seed Charleston Cougars. Northeastern went 0-4 agianst the top two seeds in Hofstra & William & Mary on the season, however, the Huskies clearly demonstrated that they have the talented to beat anyone in the conference as those 4 losses came by an average of just 2.3 ppg.

On the season, Northeastern is averaging 71.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Jordan Roland (22.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Tyson Walker (10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg), and Bolden Brace (10.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 66.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Towson Tigers finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-12 and earned the 3-seed in the CAA Championship with an impressive 12-6 conference record. Towson has a slow start to conference play, dropping their first three games of the season, however, Towson was outstanding the rest of the way highlighted by an 11-point victory against the top-seed Hofstra Pride less than two weeks ago. Hofstra is a talented defensive team that even gave the Florida Gators all they could handle early in the season in a 66-60 loss in mid-November.

On the season, Towson is averaging 70.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from the field. Offensively, Towson has been led by Brian Fobbs (16.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Allen Betrand (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Nakye Sanders (9.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, Towson is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Huskies are 14-6 straight up in their last 20 games vs. Towson, however, are just 13-17 ATS on the season. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 3-2 ATS in Neutral Site games on the season.

Northeastern comes into this game ranked 158th in scoring offense, 20th in FG%, and 103rd in scoring defense.

Towson comes into this game ranked 188th in scoring offense, 86th in scoring defense, and 58th in defensive FG%.

Northeastern, despite being the 6-seed, is primed to make a run in the CAA Tournament as they have an explosive offense and one of the best players in the CAA in Jordan Roland. Towson is a solid team with a great defense, however, the Huskies have played well on the road this season and as I think they have enough offense to put up some points against the Tigers, I think Northeastern advances and covers this small spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Northeastern Huskies -1.5

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