Mount St. Mary's vs. Merrimack - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mount St. Mary's vs. Merrimack - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Merrimack Warriors (19-10) at Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (10-18)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Knott Arena)

The Line: Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers +1 -- Over/Under: 113 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Merrimack Warriors will travel to Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, MD to take on the Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers this Sunday in a NEC showdown, tipping off at 3:00 EST.

The Merrimack Warriors won their last game and improved to 19-10 (13-3 NEC) on the season after defeating the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 64-57, this past Friday.  Merrimack battles to a 26-26 tie at the half and used an offensive surge to pull away in the second half. The Warriors got out to a 52-38 lead with 7:10 left in regulation and coasted to the victory from there. Merrimack shot 42.3% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range.  Juvaris Hayes led the way for the Warriors with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals.

On the season, Merrimack is averaging 62.8 points per game on 42.0% shooting from the field.  The Warriors are also averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc.  Jaleel Lord (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), Juvaris Hayes (10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.4 apg) and Idris Joyner (10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Merrimack.

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Defensively, Merrimack is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field.  The Warriors are grabbing 10.1 steals per game and 2.8 blocks per game.

The Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers have lost five games in a row and dropped to 10-18 (6-9 NEC) on the season after being defeated, 68-60, by the Robert Morris Colonials this past Friday.  Mt. St. Mary’s took a 33-28 lead into the half but couldn’t hold off a surging Robert Morris offense in the second half. The Mountaineers kept it close until late in the second half when the Colonials took the lead for good at 60-57 with 2:36 remaining in regulation.  Mt. St. Mary’s shot 41.7% from the field and 42.1% from three-point range. Jalen Gibbs led the way for the Mountaineers with 19 points, 3 assists, a rebound and a steal.

On the season, Mt. St. Mary’s is averaging 63.9 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the field.  The Mountaineers are also averaging 6.6 three pointers per game on 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc.  Jalen Gibbs (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Damian Chong Qui (11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg) and Vado Morse (11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg) have been the offensive leaders on the season for Mt. St. Mary’s.

Defensively, Mt. St. Mary’s is allowing their opponents to average 66.3 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field.  The Mountaineers are grabbing 4.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.1 on the season.

Merrimack is 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 games and 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games played in February.  The Warriors are also 9-7 against the spread on the road this season. Mt. St. Mary’s is 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 games but 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 home games.  The Mountaineers are 6-5 against the spread overall at home on the season.

I think the struggles for Mt. St. Mary’s continue in this one.  Merrimack’s tough defense will control the pace of the game and I believe their offense will have enough to get the win.  I am taking Merrimack on the road in this one.

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