Mercer vs. VMI - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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VMI Keydets (5-13) at Mercer Bears (6-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)
The Line: Mercer Bears -5 -- Over/Under: 142
The VMI Keydets and Mercer Bears meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena.
The VMI Keydets need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The VMI Keydets are averaging 73.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Travis Evee is averaging 13.2 points and 2.6 assists while Kamdyn Curfman is averaging 11.1 points and 1.7 assists. Garrett Gilkeson is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Lewis is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The VMI Keydets are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The VMI Keydets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have lost all seven road games.
The Mercer Bears need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 71.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Djordje Dimitrijevic is averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while Ethan Stair is averaging 16.2 points and 1.8 assists. Jeffrey Gary is dishing 1.6 assists and Ross Cummings is grabbing two rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost four of their last five home games.
The Keydets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The over is 27-11 in Keydets last 38 overall. The under is 10-1 in Bears last 11 overall. The favorite is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The VMI Keydets lose on the road by an average of 8.8 points where they shoot 40.3 percent from the field, but they have great success ATS on the road this season. The Mercer Bears are just 6-8-1 ATS on the season and have had almost zero covering success at home dating back to last season. In a battle between two losing teams, I'll take my chances with VMI and the free buckets.