SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to snap its five-game losing streak Saturday as the Tigers travel to New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats in a BracketBuster contest. Tip time is set for 3 p.m. from Lundholm Gymnasium and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).
SERIES HISTORY: Saturday’s game will matchup former America East rivals Towson and New Hampshire. The squads met on the hardwood 13 times from 1996-2001 with the Tigers owning a 9-4 lead in the series. Towson has won four straight over New Hampshire and the teams have split six all-time meetings in Durham.
LAST TIME OUT: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo continued his stellar play against Colonial Athletic Association opponents, but his big effort wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell, 70-51, at Northeastern Tuesday evening. Nwankwo posted his 12th double-double with a season-high tying 19 points and 13 rebounds. The senior, who shot 7-for-11 from the field, has now registered a double-double in eight of his last 11 games. Sophomore Marcus Damas joined Nwankwo in double figures for Towson with 15 points to go along with a career-high five assists. Towson won the rebounding battle (30-29) for the ninth time in the last 10 games, but the Huskies scored 29 points off 19 Tiger turnovers.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: New Hampshire is riding a three game winning streak and the Wildcats have won four of their last five. Led by Alvin Abreu and Chandler Rhoads, New Hampshire (11-14, 6-8 America East) is coming off consecutive road wins at UMBC and Boston University. Abreu paces the squad in scoring at 13.8 points per game, while Rhoads averages 11.2 points and a team-high 2.6 assists per game. New Hampshire is a combined 2-2 against Vermont and UMBC, the only common opponents the Wildcats share with Towson. The Tigers are 0-2 against America East teams this year.
NWANKWO NEARING TOWSON GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo has the potential to end his career having played the most games in Tiger men’s basketball history. Nwankwo has already played in 115 career games, tying him with John James (1990-94) for fifth all-time. With three regular season games remaining and a minimum of one game in the CAA Tournament, Nwankwo has the potential to play in at least 119 games. Former Tiger Rocky Coleman (2005-09) sits atop the list having played in 119 games. If Nwankwo is able to stay healthy, the senior will at least tie the record and with a Tiger win in the CAA Tournament, Nwankwo could hold the record by himself.
ANOTHER REBOUNDING WIN: With a narrow 30-29 rebounding edge against Northeastern on Tuesday, Towson has now won the battle of the boards in nine of its last 10 games. The Tigers are currently fourth in the CAA with a +1.6 rebounding advantage per game. On the offensive glass, Towson is second in the league in both offensive rebounds per game (13.5) and offensive rebounding percentage (38.6).