Upon the Towson Tigers’ 73-47 demolition of the James Madison Dukes on January 19th, the Tigers were sitting at a pretty 5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and receiving press from many national media outlets.
However, after that victory, the Tigers have dropped off significantly and the Dukes have now shot up to second place in the conference.
Towson (10-12, 5-4) is currently experiencing a three-game losing streak, most recently falling to William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. on Saturday. What is going wrong in Maryland?
“We’ve got to guard and rebound at a high level every night,” Coach Pat Skerry explained. “We don’t shoot the ball well and our assist to turnover ratio is not where it needs to be.”
But, to give them credit, the Tigers are competing against their conference foes. In order to get back to wining, they just need to put together a complete effort throughout an entire game.
“We’re playing good clubs,” Skerry said. “We haven’t been run out of the building. We just need to play more consistently.”
To get more consistent performances from his players, Skerry might want to refocus his game plan around star forward Jerrelle Benimon. While his rebounding totals have dipped gradually in each of the Tigers’ past five games, Benimon is still averaging 16.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season. Focusing an offensive game plan around Benimon inside also requires scoring on the perimeter as well.
“We haven’t shot the ball great around from the perimeter,” Skerry admitted. “Once those shots start falling, our scoring will go up.
Another potential remedy to fixing a losing streak in the CAA is playing Old Dominion. The Tigers will visit the Monarchs on Wednesday night. Old Dominion is currently 0-7 in conference play and hasn’t won since December 22.
A combination of ODU, Benimon, shooting and defense will most likely end the Towson’s skid.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.