GAMES NOTES: The Colonial Athletic Association will have a run in with the America East Conference when the Towson Tigers travel to Lundholm Gym to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats in a BracketBuster matchup.
This won't be the first time these teams have met on the hardwood as there have been 13 previous meetings between the squads when Towson was a member of the America East from 1995-2001. Towson holds the historical advantage 9-4 including the last four wins, the last of which came during the 2000-2001 season.
Towson has been a team that has gotten a great deal of attention this season but for the wrong reasons. The Tigers ended a Division I record 41-game losing streak earlier this season with a 66-61 win at home over UNC-Wilmington. Since the win the Tigers have reverted back to form as losers of five straight games.
Although not having a very successful season, New Hampshire has been much better than Towson with an 11-14 record overall. The Wildcats are currently enjoying a stretch of success winning four of their last five games, including the last three straight.
Towson found itself on the road in its last matchup and again took a loss by falling to Northeastern 70-51. The Tigers shot just 38.0 percent from the floor and were outscored 27-9 from three-point range while committing 19 turnovers in the loss.
As a team that is scraping the bottom of Division I in terms of record, the Tigers' offensive productive has been right in line. Towson owns the nation's lowest scoring output at 49.9 points per game, while shooting better than only two other squads nationally (.366). Towson's defense isn't as horrendous but still surrenders 69.5 points per game. Forwards Marcus Damas (12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and Robert Nwankwo (12.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg) are the only consistent contributors for the squad. It was evident in the loss to Northeastern in which the two combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds, while the rest of the team managed 17 points and 14 boards.
New Hampshire got a key win in conference play by downing Boston University 56-54 on Wednesday. The Wildcats went up 56-50 with 2:43 to play on a tip-in from Brian Benson but were held scoreless the rest of the game, managing to hold the Terriers to just four points to escape with the win.
The offense for the Wildcats is also anchored by just two double figure scorers in Alvin Abreu and Chandler Rhoads. Abreu, a senior guard, is the leading scorer on the squad netting 13.8 points per game. Rhoads (11.2 ppg) is the team's second option. This will be one of the few matchups New Hampshire will be in this season in which it has the superior offense, as the Wildcats are scoring 61.6 points per game, shooting 40.7 percent from the floor. New Hampshire has been able to keep itself in games by allowing only 63.2 points per game.
New Hampshire is by no means a powerhouse in the America East but it is far and away a better squad than Towson, which has still been unable to find a way to score effectively.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: New Hampshire 68, Towson 57
02/18 10:41:08 ET
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