Western Carolina vs. Mercer - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina vs. Mercer - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Western Carolina Catamounts (18-11) at Mercer Bears (17-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

The Line: Mercer Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Carolina Catamounts (18-11, 10-8 CONF) and the Mercer Bears (17-14, 11-7 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for a Quarterfinal game in the Southern Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. This game is scheduled for a 2:30 PM eastern start time. 

Western Carolina ended its regular season with a nail-biting road loss to East Tennessee State, 68-67. Western Carolina has won three of their last five games overall heading into the conference tourney. Mercer finished its regular season on a roll, winning four straight games, including their most recent win over Wofford, 59-47. This should be a great game between two teams that can score a good amount of points. 

Western Carolina scores 79.3 points per game on 46.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Western Carolina’s leading scorer is G Mason Faulkner, who scores 17.2 points per game. The leading rebounder for Western Carolina is F Carlos Dotson, who earns 10.0 rebounds per game. Western Carolina allows 74.6 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.7 scoring differential so far this season. Western Carolina also earns 38.3 rebounds, 14.9 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 5.2 steals per game as a team. 

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Mercer scores 72.2 points per game on 45.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Mercer’s leading scorer is G Djordje Dimitrijevic, who scores 17.0 points per game. The leading rebounder for Mercer is G Ethan Stair, who earns 9.3 rebounds per game. Mercer allows 70.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -1.9 scoring differential so far this season. Mercer also earns 36.7 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 6.6 steals per game as a team. 

Western Carolina is 15-12 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Western Carolina is playing in their first neutral-site game this season. Mercer is 17-12 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Mercer is also 0-2 against the spread in neutral-site games so far this season.

This should be a really good game against two really even teams. Mercer and WCU split the season series this season, and both teams have played well recently. I do not think I can take a side in this game, so I will take the under 152. I think both of these teams will lock down on defense more than they usually would since this is a much bigger stage. 

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