Mercer vs. UNC Greensboro - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UNC Greensboro Spartans (20-6) at Mercer Bears (13-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Hawkins Arena)
The Line: Mercer Bears +6.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5
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The UNC Greensboro Spartans will travel to Hawkins Arena to take on the Mercer Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-6 (10-3 Southern) on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Leathernecks, 82-62, this past Wednesday. UNC Greensboro outplayed Western Carolina on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 41-25 lead. UNC Greensboro shot 50.0% from the field while holding Western Carolina to just 35.0% shooting from the field and 16.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Isaiah Miller who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 74.8 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Isaiah Miller (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.7 spg), Kaleb Hunter (9.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 spg), and James Dickey (8.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 7.2.
The Mercer Bears snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 13-13 (7-6 Southern) on the season after defeating the Wofford Terriers, 70-68, this past Wednesday night. Mercer were solid defensively on the road against a decent Wofford offense and were able to hang on for the victory late after taking a 60-55 lead with 7:21 left in regulation. Mercer shot 44.4% from the field while holding the Terriers to just 37.7% shooting from the field and 25.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Maciej Bender who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist.
On the season, Mercer is averaging 71.5 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Djordje Dimitrijevic (17.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Ethan Stair (15.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Spartans are 5-5 ATS against Mercer in their last 10 games and are 13-10-1 ATS on their season. The Bears are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games, however, are just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games.
UNC Greensboro has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked 87th in scoring offense, 10th in scoring defense, and 1st in turnover margin.
Mercer has won 7 of their last 9 games and currently rank 169th in scoring offense, 62nd in 3P-FG%, and 240th in scoring defense.
UNC Greensboro is the team to beat in the Southern Conference this season led by their defense that does a great job of creating turnovers, however, Mercer has been playing great basketball since mid-January which included a cover in a 72-63 loss at UNC Greensboro earlier this season. Mercer picked up an impressive win at Wofford on Wednesday and as long as their able to limit turnovers, I think the Bears will generate enough offense on their home court to cover with the points. Good Luck!