Towson Tigers at James Madison Dukes
NCAAB: Saturday, January 12, 2019, JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 4:00 PM ET
The Colonial Athletic rivals will face at the JMU Convocation Center on Saturday as the Towson Tigers are taking on James Madison Dukes hoping to return to the winning ways following three consecutive defeats, while the hosts are looking for the second win in a row after shocking victory over the in-form Charleston. James Madison had more success in H2H duels in the past few years, winning six out of the previous eight encounters and they suffered just one home loss to Towson in this decade.
The Tigers suffered the fourth straight loss
Towson is playing their worst basketball of the season as they lost the fourth consecutive game for the first time this year, and the latest team who beat them were the Cornell Big Red. The Tigers now dropped to the 9th position in the Colonial Athletic Association with the 5-12 record, even nine wins behind the leaders Hofstra Pride and a slightly better record than the bottom-placed Elon Phoenix.
Junior guard Tobias Howard led the Tigers in an 86-74 loss to the Big Red with 15 points and game-high seven assists; Brian Fobbs added 12 points and team-high six rebounds, Nakye Sanders chipped in with 11 points and five boards off the bench, while Allen Betrand and Jordan McNeil combined for 21 points. Towson wasn’t bad from the floor as they hit 42.3 percent of their shots and made nine triples in opposite to Cornell’s 13 but the visitors were more accurate, shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and recording more rebounds and assists than the Tigers.
Final from SECU Arena: Cornell 86, Towson 74.
Tobias Howard leads Towson's five double-digit scorers with 15 points, hitting 6-fo-14 from the floor.
Tonight's final score presented by @Hollenshades.
Tigers back in @CAABasketball action Saturday at James Madison. pic.twitter.com/K7GrZdpa8j
— Towson Men's Hoops (@Towson_MBB) January 10, 2019
The Tigers have the 314th offense in the NCAAB that averages 66.8 points per contest, while their defense allows 70.2 points per game (149th). Towson’s rebounding is 104th as they are recording 37.6 boards per game, while they are 348th when it comes to assists per contest with 9.9 dishes a night. Towson is 275th in field goal percentage as they have 42.5 percent from the floor and 270th from downtown with 32.0 percentage, while they are the 331st with 5.7 three-pointers made per game.
The Dukes returned to the winning ways with a surprising victory over Charleston
James Madison was going through their worst period of the campaign as they suffered five consecutive defeats but managed to bounce back against one of the strongest teams in the CAA, the Charleston Cougars. The Dukes improved to the 8-9 record and are currently sitting in the 5th place in the Colonial Athletic Conference with six wins behind Hofstra and a couple of victories more than the Towson Tigers.
Sophomore guard Darius Banks led the Dukes in a 69-58 win over the Cougars with 21 points (7-12 FG, 4-5 3PT, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, and two steals; Matt Lewis followed him with 13 points and five boards, Stuckey Mosley had 13 points and two thefts, while Dwight Wilson posted a double-double of 12 points and ten rebounds along with a pair of rejections. James Madison played very well in the opening 20 minutes and finished that period with a 17-point lead, which was too much for the visitors to work with, while the Cougars couldn’t cope with the Dukes’ red-hot shooting. The hosts had 54.5 percent from the floor and made ten triples in opposite to Charleston’s four, while the Dukes also distributed the ball better than Charleston, recording six more assists (13-7).
— JMU Men's Basketball (@JMUMBasketball) January 5, 2019
The Dukes have the 272nd offense in the NCAAB that averages 70.1 points per contest, while their defense is allowing 70.8 points per game (172nd). James Madison is the 186th rebounding team in college basketball as they are recording 35.9 boards per game, while they are 260th when it comes to assists per contest with 12.5 dishes a night. James Madison is 231st in field goal percentage as they have 43.3 percent from the floor and 109th from downtown with 35.8 percentage, while they are the 211th with 7.4 three-pointers made per game.
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight games played on Saturday
- 13-10 ATS in the last 23 conference games
- 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 vs. Colonial Athletic Association rivals
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
James Madison won six out of the previous ten H2H encounters including three out of the last four, while the Dukes were victorious in nine out of the past ten meetings at the JMU Convocation Center. James Madison put the bad form behind them with a win over Charleston and I am backing them to continue winning, while it is a different situation with the Tigers who are trending down and considering that tradition is completely on the Dukes’ side when it comes to duels in Harrisonburg, I am going with the hosts. The Tigers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings and Tigers are 0-4 ATS in the previous four clashes in James Madison.
Prediction: James Madison Dukes -4.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
It’s clear that Towson is having offensive struggles recently which resulted in four straight defeats and I don’t think they will explode in this one and contribute with points to take the tilt to over. I am going with under as under is 6-2 in the last eight H2H meetings, under is 5-1 in Dukes previous six Saturday games, under is 6-1 in Tigers last seven overall, while under is 5-0 in Tigers previous five vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
Prediction: Under 130.5 (-110)