While the Towson Tigers men’s basketball team has started off 2012-2013 registering two more victories in the month of November than they did during the entire season last year. Now, sitting at 3-4 on the young season, the Tigers and head coach Pat Skerry are feeling confident about their chances to compete this season.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but with this small sample size, I don’t think Towson will be able to necessarily, unless they can fix one big issue: winning on the road.
Following Saturday night’s loss to UMBC, the Tigers’ three wins have either come at home or in a neutral location. Thus, the yellow and black are 0-4 on the road during this young season. They’ve really struggled to compete on the road at times this season as well. On opening night, Towson fell at the hands of the College of Charleston by 17 points. They also lost to Loyola (MD) by 12 on November 26. The Tigers did compete against Eastern Kentucky on November 17 and UMBC last night, but overall, they’ve really struggled playing in an opponent’s house.
With Colonial Athletic Association conference play coming up in exactly one month for the Tigers, they’ll need to mentally prepare for overcoming teams on the road. In fact, they kick off CAA play against UNCW in Wilmington.
Before the Tigers take on the Seahawks on January 2, they will four more road non-conference contests. While they should be a little out-manned against Temple and Georgetown, Towson might be capable of squeaking out road victories over Vermont and Oregon State.
The Tigers have been led by redshirt junior Jerrelle Benimon this season, averaging 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, who might have something to say when leading his troops against the Catamounts
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.