Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart - 2/21/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Sacred Heart Pioneers (16-11) at Merrimack Warriors (18-10)
College Basketball: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Hammel Court)
The Line: Merrimack Warriors -1.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Sacred Heart Pioneers will travel to Hammel Court to take on the Merrimack Warriors this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Sacred Heart Pioneers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-11 (9-5 NEC) on the season after defeating the Long Island University Sharks, 80-72, this past Saturday. Sacred Heart used a 19-6 run to the end the 1st half to take a 43-29 halftime lead and pulled away for good after going up by a 65-51 margin with just 8:43 left in regulation. Sacred Heart shot 45.9% from the field and outrebounded Long Island University by a 48-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pioneers was E.J. Anosike who had a double-double with 26 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Sacred Heart is averaging 74.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacred Heart has been led by E.J. Anosike (15.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Koreem Ozier (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg), and Cameron Parker (9.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.8 apg).
Defensively, Sacred Heart is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The Merrimack Warriors has their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 18-10 (12-3 NEC) on the season after being defeated by the Bryant Bulldogs, 61-52, this past Tuesday. Merrimack struggled offensively agianst the Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after Bryant took a 56-47 lead with 4:10 left in regulation. Merrimack shot just 32.8% from the field and was outrebounded by the Bulldogs by a 41-26 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Warriors was Juvaris Hayes who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.
On the season, Merrimack is averaging 62.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Warriors are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Merrimack has been led by Jaleel Lord (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Idris Joyner (10.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Juvaris Hayes (9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.4 apg, 3.8 spg).
Defensively, Merrimack is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Warriors have a rebound margin of -7.2 and a turnover margin of 5.4.
The Pioneers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Warriors are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games and 7-2 ATS at home on the season.
Merrimack suffered a tough loss at Bryant, however, the Warriors have been outstanding this season which included an impressive 65-57 win at Sacred Heart in early January. The Pioneers has played well as of late, winning 6 of their last 8 games, however, between the fact that Merrimack is 8-2 at home and that I think their defense will be able to limit the damage done by the Pioneers offense, I’m taking Merrimack to cover this small spread. Good Luck!