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Towson men's basketball set to face the top two teams in CAA

Towson's men's basketball team is approaching one of its toughest stretches of the season, as the Tigers' next two games are against the two other top squads in the Colonial Athletic Association: at William & Mary on Saturday, and home against Delaware on Monday.

“We’re going to play two terrific teams,” Towson coach Pat Skerry said. “I think for us we get back to practice, [the plan] is to stick with the script.

“We’ve been top three in the country in field goal defense, rebound margin, and free throw attempts. That’s the formula. That’s where our identity is.”

Towson (16-9, 7-3 CAA) deviated from the plan a bit in its 53-66 road loss to UNC Wilmington on Monday, getting to the free-throw line 12 fewer times than the Seahawks.

“The thing that jumps out to me: we saw a lot of zone, and we were 3-for-20 from 3[-point range],” Skerry said. “It hurt us. We took too many shots and didn’t get to the foul line enough. That’s been our undoing a couple of times.”

That is what happened in Towson’s first matchup with the Blue Hens (19-7, 11-0) this season, an 83-76 loss on Jan. 25. The Tigers shot just 2-for-17 beyond the arc.

“Once again, I think we took too many jump shots, too many three point shots,” Skerry said. “We play a formula and a style that gives us a chance every night out. We’ve got to understand that. This time of year we have got to do what we do and not deviate from that.”

Towson has not yet faced William & Mary (15-8, 7-3) this season.

This upcoming stretch could have a significant impact on Towson’s seeding for next month’s CAA tournament, to be played at Baltimore Arena.

“Both of these teams, in my opinion, are the two best offensive teams in our conference,” Skerry said. “If it is a high field goal percentage game on both sides, then I don’t think that is good for us. We’ve have to really be able to guard, get to the foul line and we need monstrous efforts on the backboards.”

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