#527 University of Delaware Blue Hensvs.#528 Towson University Tigers
Thursday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes
Delaware Blue Hens (7-10 SU, 7-6-1 ATS, 6-7-1 O/U) at Towson Tigers (8-9 SU, 4-6 ATS, 2-8 O/U)
When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 11, SECU Arena, Towson, Md., 7pmET
Line: Towson -10.5
Delaware and Towson have opened the conference season at 0-4 in the CAA. Delaware is coming off a 91-81 home loss to UNCW on Saturday. Towson fell at snowy Elon on Saturday night, 74-61. Last year, Towson won both games by a combined six points. That included a 101-97 overtime win at home on Jan. 30.
Delaware fell to the CAA’s top team on Saturday (UNCW) by 10, but they showed they could hang with the Seahawks most of the way. Freshman guard Ryan Daly scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Blue Hens. Daly has scored 20 or more points in three of his last four games. Delaware shot 55.8 percent from the floor and 9-of-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc. Unfortunately for Delaware, they also allowed UNCW to shoot 57.7 percent (13-31 3pt). Anthony Mosley added 15 points and six assists for Delaware but also had seven turnovers.
Daly is averaging 13.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. The Hens average 64.2 points per game (330), while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. They are allowing 67.8 points per game and 42.3 percent from the field.
Towson was projected to finish second in the CAA and right now, they are head to second-to-last. They fell in all three games on their tough road trip, which started last Monday on Jan. 2 at James Madison (64-44), went to last Thursday at Charleston (62-57) and finished at Elon last Saturday. Towson opened up with a 19-6 lead against Elon, who missed their first six shots. They followed that by allowing Elon to go on a 27-10 run to go up 33-29 at the half. The Tigers shot just 37.3 percent from the field and 4-of-15 from beyond the arc (7-13 FT). Guard Deshaun Morman led the way with 13 points, while John Davis added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Once again, Towson’s All-CAA league players Mike Morsell (9pts, 4-10 FG) and William Adala Moto (4 pts, 2-8 FG) had subpar games against Elon. Morsell still leads the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game and is shooting 43.2 percent from the floor (33.8% 3pt). Adala Moto is averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, but is shooting a dreadful 35.7 percent from the field. Davis has been the team’s best player lately, averaging 10.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent from the field.
College Basketball Trends:
Tough to take Towson as a double-digit favorite. Not the way they are shooting. Teams are just going to zone them and force them to make three’s and they are making a pitiful 28.2 percent (342nd).
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Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!