Towson (7-19) returns to action to face Manhattan (9-17) at 2pm in Draddy Gym in Riverdale, New York on Saturday.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Towson is 1-2 in their BracketBuster history including a loss to Bucknell in Lewisburg three years ago. Two years ago, they defeated High Point at home and last year, they were beaten by Morgan State at home.
The Jaspers have struggled in conference, going just 4-12 in the MAAC, and is 2-6 at home, which includes a 62-56 loss to Loyola.
But in terms of non-conference play, Manhattan is 5-5 and 3-1 at home. They defeated NJIT, Florida Atlantic, American (on the road), Fordham and Long Island (road). Five of their non-conference losses were to two CAA schools: William & Mary at home, 75-70 and Hofstra on the road, 44-39.
Manhattan averages 64.1ppg, while shooting 40% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc. One thing the Jaspers do well is applying some defensive pressure and forcing turnovers. They only average 11.8 turnovers per game, while forcing 14.8 and they also average 7.8 steals per game. Like Towson, the Jaspers have issues on the boards as they own a -3.8 ratio (38.7 to 34.9).
The Jaspers are led by junior guard Rico Pickett (6-4, 185), who averages 17.8ppg, while shooting 43% from the field. He also shoots a solid 34% from beyond the arc (41-121) and grabs 4rpg.
Senior wing Darryl Crawford (6-4, 190) is second in scoring with 14.5ppg, while leading the team in rebounds with six per game. He shoots 41% from field and 30% (19-59) from beyond the arc. He also has 30 steals and has leads in assists with 55.
Senior guard Antoine Pearson (6-2, 175) can start or come off the bench. He averages 8.1ppg, while shooting 41% from the field and 32% (14-44) from beyond the arc.
In their last game against Fairfield (a 74-56 home loss), senior Patrick Bouli (6-2, 180) got the start. He played 16 minutes and went scoreless. Bouli averages 4ppg and normally plays 28mpg, while shooting 36% from the field.
Senior Brandon Adams (6-6, 230) is the team’s top big man, who averages 6ppg and 4.5rpg, while leading the team with 23 blocks. He shoots 39% from the field and 72% from the line.
At center, junior Laurence Jolicoeur (6-9, 210) gets the nod. He averages 4.6ppg and 3.4rpg, while shooting 39% from the field.
Junior Andrew Gabriel (6-6, 230) is another player who can start (16 times) or come off the bench. He averages 4.5ppg and 3.6rpg, while shooting 40% from the field.
The Jaspers have a deep bench led by Gabriel, Pearson and freshman George Beaman (6-4, 170), who had nine points and seven rebounds in their last game.