Northeastern Huskies (12-5 SU, 8-2-1 ATS, 6-5 O/U) at Towson Tigers (9-9 SU, 5-6 ATS, 3-8 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, SECU Arena, Towson, Md., 2pmET
Line: Northeastern -1
The Towson Tigers broke a four-game losing streak on Thursday night, with a dominating 83-56 win over Delaware at home. They’ll have a much tougher challenge on Saturday afternoon against a Northeastern team that has won nine straight games. The latest victory took place on Thursday night at home against Drexel (92-75). Last season, the Huskies won two of three games, including defeating the Tigers, 71-60 in the CAA Tournament from Baltimore.
Williams goes off on the Dragons
Northeastern started out in slowly and then took care of business against a subpar Drexel squad on Thursday. The Huskies shot a sizzling 60.7 percent from the field and 48 percent (12-of-25) from beyond the arc. However, they shot just 12-of-21 from the free throw line (57.1%). Guard T.J. Williams is pushing for CAA Player of the Year in the early part of the season. Williams (6-3, 205) is averaging 21.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists. In the Huskies win over the Dragons, he scored 30 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed eight boards. Maxime Boursiquot (6-5, 211) added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Their defense was not quite as sharp as they allowed Drexel to shoot 47.5 percent from the floor and 9-of-22 (40.9%) from beyond the arc.
Northeastern averages 75.2 points per game and 48 percent from the field (39th), while shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc (31st). On defense, they allow 68.9 points per game and 44.2 percent from the field (34.2% 3pt).
Tigers erupt against Blue Hens
Towson was predicted to finish second in the CAA and started out at 0-4 in the league. Three of their first four games were on the road and that likely contributed to that start. However, they also averaged just 54 points per game in those three road games. On Thursday, they were up 36-28 at the half and then pulled away in the second half against Delaware. Junior point guard Brian Starr led the way with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He also had four assists, four rebounds, four steals and just two turnovers. Senior forward John Davis added 18 points and nine boards off the bench. Towson shot 52.5 percent from the field and 5-of-11 from the 3-point line. They outrebounded the Hens by 19 and now rank 23rd in the nation in rebounding margin at +7.3.
The key for the Tigers is the play of senior William Adala Moto (12pts, 10 rebs) and junior guard Mike Morsell (6pts). Both have been struggling over the last month and were all-CAA players last season. Adala Moto is averaging 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting just 36.2 percent from the field. Morsell is leading the team in scoring with 14.6 points but is now shooting just 43.4 percent from the floor (32.9% 3pt). Towson is shooting just 28.9 percent from beyond the arc (340) and 65.3 percent from the free throw line (286).
College Basketball Trends:
- 7-0 ATS last 7 overall.
- 9-3 ATS last 12 road games.
- 15-5-1 ATS last 21 after a SU win.
- 0-5 ATS last 5 after an ATS win.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 Saturday games.
The road team is 4-0 ATS last 4 in this series. Northeastern is playing well and might be the best team in the CAA outside of UNCW. Towson’s best players are still not firing on all cylinders. They can’t beat Northeastern without Morsell and Adala Moto having strong games.