The Citadel vs. Mercer - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Mercer (15-14) at The Citadel (6-21)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McAlister Field House)
The Line: The Citadel +6 -- Over/Under: 153 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Mercer Bears (15-14, CONF 9-7) and The Citadel Bulldogs (6-21, CONF 0-16) face off in a Southern Conference showdown at the McAlister Field House. Mercer knocked off Citadel 76-71 earlier this season. Mercer was 10.5 favorites in thiat game.
Mercer is a pretty middle of the road team and coming into this game they are playing good basketball having won three of the last four games. The offense has been strong in each of the last two games for the Bears scoring 85 and 106 points respectively.
On the road this season Mercer has a 7-6 record and is averaging 72.2 points per game while the defense is giving up 74.5 points. Mercer is led by guard Djordje Dimitrijevic who is averaging 17.1 points while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.
The Citadel have had all kinds of issues this season and they are still looking for their first win in conference play.
Over the last ten games, Citadel is lost all ten games, and only covered two spreads during that stretch.
Citadel’s biggest issue has been with the defense and if they want any chance in this game they are going to need to be better. Over the last five games, Citadel is giving up 85 points per game, and overall this season they are giving up 84 points.
Citadel is led by guard Kaelon Harris on offense who is averaging 13.6 points while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. It doesn’t matter what Citadel does on offense, if the defense doesn’t step up.
The under is 7-2 in Mercer’s last nine games against the Southern Conference. The under is 19-7 in Mercer’s last 26 games overall.
The Citadel are 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. The under is 9-0 in the last nine meetings between Citadel and Mercer. The Citadel 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games against the Southern Conference.
When these two teams face off, the under has been a solid play and it will happen again in this game. Mercer is going to score, but The Citadel is going to have a lot of trouble scoring. Back the under to cash with ease in this one.