Mercer vs. Western Carolina - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer vs. Western Carolina - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Western Carolina Catamounts (12-5) at Mercer Bears (8-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)

The Line: Mercer Bears +1.5 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Carolina Catamounts and Mercer Bears meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena.

The Western Carolina Catamounts look or a win after splitting their last four games. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 81.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Mason Faulkner is averaging 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds while Carlos Dotson is averaging 13.9 points and 1.3 assists. Matt Halvorsen is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing 1.4 assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have won three of their last four road games.

The Mercer Bears look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 72.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Djordje Dimitrijevic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Ethan Stair is averaging 16.5 points and 1.9 assists. Jeffrey Gary is dishing 1.8 assists and Ross Cummings is grabbing two rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost four of their last six home games.

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The Catamounts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bears are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win. The over is 5-1 in Catamounts last 6 overall. The under is 11-2 in Bears last 13 overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Western Carolina Catamounts have not only been the more consistent team, but they've proven they can win on the road and are 9-5-1 ATS on the season. The Mercer Bears continue to run hot and cold, and they have an even point differential in their last five games despite shooting 48.7 percent from the field. The Western Carolina Catamounts are the better team both SU and ATS, and we're not being asked to lay a bunch of points. I have to side with the road team in this spot. 

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