SETTING THE STAGE: Towson and Delaware will be meeting for the third time this season and for the second time in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. The Tigers, who are 4-1 in their last five CAA Tournament openers, will be participating in their 11th CAA Tournament this weekend.
RIVALRY GAME: Friday will be the eighth post-season conference tournament game played between Towson and Delaware. The teams have also met in the East Coast Conference Tournament and America East Tournament. The Blue Hens own a 5-2 record in post-season games against the Tigers. Friday will also be the 68th all-time meeting between the Tigers and Blue Hens. Towson has only played Loyola (70) more often in its history.
GAMES PLAYED LEADER: Tiger forward Robert Nwankwo will be playing in his 119th career game Friday. The senior will tie Rocky Coleman for the most games played in Towson history.
TIGERS IN THE CAA TOURNEY: Towson is 6-10 all-time in the CAA Tournament since joining the league in 2001-02. The Tigers have won four of their last five opening round games and are 5-5 overall in first round contests.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: TOWSON VS DELAWARE: Although Delaware has won both its meetings against Towson this year, both games have been extremely competitive. In the first meeting, the Blue Hens led at home just 24-22 at halftime. In the second meeting just 10 days ago in Towson, the game was tied at 57 with 4:43 to play. The Tigers scored a season-high 69 points in home matchup. Sophomore Marcus Damas is averaging 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in two outings against UD. Senior Robert Nwankwo is averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 13.0 rebounds against the Blue Hens. Delaware freshman Jarvis Threatt is averaging 19.0 points against Towson this season. Threatt netted 29 points to lead the Blue Hens to victory on Feb. 22.
TIGER TIDBITS: Towson’s Robert Nwankwo has posted a double-double in 10 of his last 14 games. During that stretch, the senior is averaging 13.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Nwankwo’s 14 doubles-doubles this season ranks third in the CAA and 16th nationally. Nwankwo leads all CAA players averaging 4.3 offensive rebounds per game. Freshman guard Kris Walden is averaging 20.5 points per game in his last two outings. Sophomore Marcus Damas has reached the 20-point scoring plateau in three games this year, including a 21-point performance against UD just 10 days ago. In Towson’s regular season finale at JMU, the Tigers led at halftime for the first time all season and their 11-point second half lead was their largest lead of the year.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS: Delaware comes into the CAA Tournament riding an eight-game winning streak. The Blue Hens boast the second ranked scoring offense in the conference, averaging 69.0 points per game. Sophomore Devon Saddler is second in the CAA averaging 18.7 points per game. Junior Jamelle Hagins leads the CAA and ranks fourth nationally averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. The forward is second in the league in field goal percentage (54.0) and blocks per game (2.9). Delaware holds opponents to just 39.1 percent shooting from the floor. That mark ranks third in the conference and 22nd in the NCAA.