Towson (8-9) at Delaware (8-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Towson 1-3, UD 4-1. Away Record: Towson 4-6, UD 3-5. Neutral Record: Towson 3-0, UD 1-2. Conference Record: Towson 3-1, UD 3-0. Series Record: Delaware leads, 41-27.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens host the Towson Tigers at the Bob Carpenter Center in a Colonial Athletic Association bout in Newark on Wednesday.
After having its four-game win streak snapped on Saturday, Towson will look to get back on track. The Tigers are seeking their fourth straight road win for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Coincidentally, the fourth win of that streak came at Delaware on Jan. 14, 2006. The Tigers will also be seeking to have a record of .500 or better after 18 games for the first time since that same season.
They will be running into a streaking Delaware team that has opened CAA play with three consecutive victories for just the second time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season. The Blue Hens opened the 2007-08 campaign with five straight league wins. Delaware has won 10 consecutive regular season CAA games, the fourth-longest conference winning streak in school history.
Delaware leads the all-time series with Towson, 41-27, and the Blue Hens have won the last five meetings between the two schools. Delaware went 3-0 against Towson last season, including a win in the CAA Tournament. Delaware is 27-7 against the Tigers in Newark, and has captured the previous two matchups in the Bob Carpenter Center.
Towson is coming off a 70-59 loss at home to CAA-leading Northeastern on Saturday. Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his NCAA-leading 11th double-double in the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Benimon is tied for first nationally with 11 double-doubles and ranks fourth in the country in rebounding (11.6 rpg). He leads Towson in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding, as well as field-goal percentage, field goals made, field goals attempted, free-throws made, free throws attempted, blocks and minutes played. He's second on the team in assists and steals. After averaging 12.5 points and 3.0 assists per game last week, Tiger freshman Jerome Hairston was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week on Monday. It was the second time this season that Hairston has garnered the weekly award. Towson is scoring 65.6 points per game but allowing 65.9. Towson leads the CAA in rebounding offense, blocked shots and field goal percentage defense. The Tigers also rank in the top-20 nationally in blocks (19th) and top-50 in both field-goal percentage defense and rebounding margin.
Devon Saddler buried a contested 3-pointer just before the final buzzer as the Blue Hens posted a dramatic 86-83 victory over Georgia State Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena. Saddler scored a game-high 29 points to record his sixth 20-point effort of the season. Jarvis Threatt added 18 points, while Josh Brinkley finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Jamelle Hagins chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
In the game against Georgia State, Hagins tied the school record for career rebounds with 916. He currently leads the nation with 11.9 rebounds per game and is tied for fourth in the country with 10 double-doubles. Hagins also leads the CAA with 8.6 defensive rebounds per game and a 56.7 field-goal percentage, while ranking second with 2.4 blocks per game, and third with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game. Hagins also has scored 995 career points, and needs just five more to become the 30th player in Delaware history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Saddler leads the conference and is tied for 14th in Division I with 20.6 points per game. The Blue Hens are scoring 69.4 ppg, but opponents are scoring 69.9.
This is a matchup of two of the premier big men in the conference and the nation for that matter. With a couple of milestones within reach for Hagins, expect the Blue Hens to have extra incentive that should result in the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 78, Towson 71
01/16 11:13:55 ET