Head Coach Pat Skerry is now in his ninth year at Towson State. He has been fortunate enough to have the full backing of the school. It is a shame for the CAA that the ego maniacal person at William and Mary does not understand that concept. Skerry has rewarded his school with a program that has been massively upgraded during his tenure. No, they have not made the big dance, nor do they figure to this year, but the school struggled to stay within 20 in conference games when Skerry took over.
Coach Skerry has a system that he deviates little from. Last year, with many new players and a roster that did not suit his style, Towson struggled. This year there is experience and some big bodies up front. Skerry’s teams are typically terrific offensive rebounders, and they attack the glass with fervor. Their scoring took a hit when Tobias Howard, who had transferred from Western Kentucky, decided to transfer again, right before the season began. That leaves the scoring to Philly native, Sophomore Allen Bertrand, who is averaging 13 points per game alongside senior Brian Fobbs who averages 15. Towson will set screen after screen to allow either guard an open look. Everyone will be after the rebound on a miss. Towson plays a very physical defense. They, like many schools try, keep teams out of the paint. Drexel needs to be ready to bang.
Drexel surprised me with their win over Delaware. Cam Wynter has made the leap to the next level, one where he demands the ball, demands to take over when the game is on the line. He looks stronger and far more confident. He has the look of a very special player. James Butler will obviously be important tonight, trying to neutralize the physicality that Towson will bring.
Towson had high hopes this season. Their season began fine. After an easy win over George Washington, they lost in overtime to an excellent Kent State team. Then they lost a close game, 66-60, at nationally ranked Florida. However, the best of the next 9 games was an overtime win over Tulane, which came in a consolation round of the DC hoops festival. Since conference season began, they opened during Christmas break with losses to both Northeastern and Hofstra. They then went on the road to lose 81-69 vs red hot College of Charleston. A win over struggling UNCW brings them to 1-3 entering tonight’s game.
If Drexel continues their improved play, they have an excellent chance to win. My numbers have Towson only a 2 point favorite. To pull the minor upset, the Dragons will for sure need to show some patience on offense and somewhat negate the physicality that Towson will bring. I expect the Dragons to do both.
Drexel 71 Towson 68