The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (6-4) will attempt to put an end to the eight-game winning streak of Towson when they welcome the Tigers (8-1) to Athletics Center Orena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 147.5 points with Oakland set as a 3.5-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Towson Tigers at Oakland Golden Grizzlies Odds Preview
The Tigers were victorious over the UMBC Retrievers in their last outing, 78-65. With 12 points and 15 rebounds, Eddie Keith II had a solid game for Towson. Towson dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.525 (below their season average of 0.564) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 (above their season average of 35.6). UMBC was 0.362 and 32.7, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Golden Grizzlies last game, they thoroughly outplayed the Chicago State Cougars, 82-50. With 30 points on 12-for-14 shooting, Jalen Hayes was the top scorer from either team. Oakland dominated every facet of the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 (above their season average of 27.2) and a free throw rate of 0.448 (above their season average of 0.216). For those same stats, Chicago State had marks of 15.9 and 0.237, respectively.
It will be a battle of conflicting tempos as the up-and-down Golden Grizzlies will look to push the more half-court-oriented Tigers. Dating back to last season, the Golden Grizzlies rank 26th in possessions per game while the Tigers are 276th.
Of Towson’s 6 games with betting action, five have finished under the O/U total, while 4 of Oakland’s 8 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Tigers have a sizable advantage. They are 8-1 SU and 5-1 ATS, while the Golden Grizzlies are 6-4 SU and 3-5 ATS.
Hayes has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Oakland, averaging 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
Towson Tigers vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Oakland, ATS Winner – Oakland, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Golden Grizzlies are 11th in the NCAA with 19.8 three pointers allowed per game while the Tigers are 43rd with 20.9 three pointers allowed per game.
- Towson ranks 16th in rebounds per game (39.9) while Oakland ranks 210th in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
- The Tigers rank 36th in blocks per game (3.9) while the Golden Grizzlies rank 169th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- Towson ranks 22nd in assists allowed per game (11.3) while Oakland ranks 144th (13.4).