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Drexel vs. Towson,
1-18-2018 - Expert Prediction

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#515 Drexel
Dragons
#516 Towson
Tigers

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:05pm

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Towson Tigers

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Drexel Dragons (7-12 SU, 5-8-1 ATS, 8-6 O/U) at Towson Tigers (13-6 SU, 8-6 ATS, 8-6 O/U)

Line: Towson -12

Total: 144

Drexel takes on Towson on Thursday night from SECU Arena in a battle of longtime rivals. Drexel is coming off a 91-86 loss to Hofstra on Saturday. They’ve now lost three in a row and six of seven to earn a 1-5 mark in the CAA. Towson bounced back from a last-season loss to Hofstra last Thursday, to crush William & Mary, 99-73 on the road on Saturday to even their CAA record at 3-3. Last year, Towson won both games but struggled at home, winning 104-103 in double overtime on Feb. 2.

Depth hurting Dragons

Drexel played eight players against Hofstra on Saturday and Troy Harper was the only player who saw significant minutes (23). Harper scored four points and dished out three assists and was the only bench player to score in their 91-86 loss at home. The other issue for Drexel was defense as they allowed the Pride to shoot 61.1 percent from the floor. They did hold Justin Wright-Foreman to just 20 points and four turnovers (he averages 25ppg), but he still made 8-of-9 shots. The Dragons trailed by 14 with 3:37 left in the game but responded with a 16-4 run to trim the margin to two. But the Dragons couldn’t finish the job as Sammy Mojica missed a three and the Pride made enough free throws to get the win.

Missouri transfer Tramaine Isabell (6-1, 180) scored 25 points and Sammy Mojica added 22 to lead the Dragons. When healthy, Isabell has been one of the best guards in the CAA. He’s been hampered by a groin injury and has played 14 of their 19 games. He averages 18.7 points per game and 7.6 rebounds on 47 percent shooting (21 of 67 3pt). The Dragons are averaging 72.2 points per game on 43 percent shooting (31.7% 3pt). They are allowing 78.1 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting (36.4% 3pt).

Tigers handle the Tribe on the road

William & Mary (5-1 CAA) had and still has the top record in the CAA after losing to Towson by 26 at home on Saturday. After getting down double digits early in the game, Towson went on a huge run, scoring 49 points in the first half and 50 in the second half. They shot 64.4 percent from the field and 13-of-22 from beyond the arc (59.1%) mainly facing a zone defense. They also outrebounded the Tribe by nine and held them to under 40 percent from the floor after giving up 43 points in the first half. Mike Morsell led the Tiger with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting (5-6 3pt), while Zane Martin added 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with five rebounds and four assists. Towson had six players score in double figures and received 26 points from their bench.

Morsell is second on the team in scoring with 13 points per game but has been very inconsistent lately. He scored just seven points in 18 minutes in their loss against Hofstra and has had five games of the last 10 in single digits. He’s shooting fairly well, making 44 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Martin leads the team in scoring with 18.2 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting (37.4% 3pt). On the season, Towson is shooting 48 percent from the floor and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc (76.3ppg). They are allowing 66.8 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting (31.8% 3pt).

NCAAB Trends:

Drexel is:

  • 5-0 ATS last 5 after showing more than 90 points in their previous game.

Towson is:

  • 1-4 ATS last 5 at home in this series.

Towson is the better team but they’ve had some close games against Drexel in the past. This is a rivalry that goes back to the eighties. The Dragons have a dangerous backcourt and Isabell can keep them in this game with his scoring. The Tigers will try and wear the Dragons out with their depth but Drexel should be fresh after five days off.

Pick: Drexel

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