Bryant vs. Merrimack - 2/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Merrimack Warriors (18-9) at Bryant Bulldogs (12-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Chace Athletic Center)
The Line: Bryant Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Merrimack Warriors (18-9, 12-2 CONF) and the Bryant Bulldogs (12-14, 4-9 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, February 18th for an NEC matchup at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, RI. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Merrimack is coming off a 68-59 home win over Wagner in their last game. The Warriors have now won two straight and four of five. Merrimack has been one of the major surprises of the D1 basketball season, as this is their first season in NCAA Division 1, and they have already performed very well in their very first year. Bryant lost to CCSU in their last game, 75-70. Bryant has now lost back-to-back games and they are five games under .500 in conference play.
Merrimack has played extremely fundamental basketball this season, as what the Warriors lack in talent, they make up in playing very smart. The Warriors only allow 60.2 points per game to the opposition. Merrimack scores 63.2 points per game on 42.4% FG shooting. The Warriors leading scorer is G Jaleel Lord, who averages 11.0 PPG. Merrimack also earns 29.0 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 10.0 steals per game.
Bryant scores 70.7 points per game on 41.5% FG shooting. The Bulldogs leading scorer is G Adam Grant, and he averages 16.1 PPG this season. Bryant allows 69.0 points per game to the opposition. Bryant also earns 39.4 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 4.4. blocks, and 7.1 steals per game.
Merrimack is 17-9 ATS this season and 8-2 ATS in their last ten games. Merrimack is also 9-6 ATS on the road so far this season. Bryant is 11-14 ATS this season and 2-8 ATS in their last ten games. Bryant is also 5-6 ATS at home so far this season. Merrimack won the first game between these two teams this season, 71-67.
In my opinion, there are a lot of reasons to take Merrimack in this game. Merrimack won the first meeting, they are the better team heads up, and they have played better as of late. As a road dog, I will take Merrimack +1.5, as I think they win this game.