SETTING THE STAGE: Towson’s schedule gets no easier this weekend as the Tigers travel to two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion Saturday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from Norfolk, Va.. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has held three consecutive opponents to 60 points or less. The three-game span included a 57-50 setback on the road at No. 23 Virginia last week.
TOUGH TO SCORE: In two of its last three games, Towson has faced teams ranked in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense. Virginia ranks second in the nation, giving up 50.3 points per game while Drexel leads the CAA and is 18th nationally, allowing 55.4 points a contest.
LAST TIME OUT: Towson struggled to score from the opening tip in a 60-27 loss at Drexel, the CAA’s top defensive team. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas led the squad with six points and swatted a career-high three shots in the loss. Preseason First Team All-CAA selection Samme Givens led the Dragons with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Towson stepped up its defensive effort early and held the Dragons without a field goal for 6:42 midway though the first half. Drexel used a 17-0 run to open the second half though to pull away.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs are led by Preseason CAA Player of the Year Kent Bazemore. The senior, who was the league’s defensive player of the year in 2010-11, averages 13.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Monarchs started conference play with wins over Northeastern and James Madison before falling at home to George Mason on Thursday. Senior forward Chris Cooper averages a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Monarchs, always known for stellar rebounding, hold a +5.1 rebounding margin per game this season. Old Dominion has won back-to-back CAA Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last seven years.