Mercer at East Tennessee State: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Mercer at East Tennessee State: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (12-9) vs Mercer Bears (12-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

Betting Odds: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Mercer Bears will travel to the Freedom hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Mercer Bears had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-8 on the season after being defeated by the UNC Greensboro Spartans, 77-74, this past Saturday. Mercer fought back from a 16-point deficit with just 3:19 left in regulation to make it a game late, however, the Bears fell just short of forcing OT as Ross Cummings game-tying three-point attempt came up short as time expired. Mercer shot 46.4% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc while UNC Greensboro shot 45.5% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc. Mercer was outrebounded by UNC Greensboro by a 39-32 margin and committed 12 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Leon Ayers III who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 assists.

On the season, Mercer is averaging 79.0 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ross Cummings (15.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), Neftali Alvarez (13.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 spg), Leon Ayers III (13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), & Felipe Haase (11.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 31 apg).

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Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The East Tennessee State dropped to 12-9 on the season after being defeated by the Chattanooga Mocs, 53-51, this past Monday night. It looked as if East Tennessee State was going to win the game after they hit a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to take the lead, however, the shot was waved off as the Buccaneers called a time out and in the ensuing play out of the timeout, the Buccaneers missed a game-winning three-point attempt as time expired. East Tennessee State shot 33.3% from the field and 15.4% from beyond the arc while Chattanooga shot 34.8% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc. East Tennessee State outrebounded Chattanooga by a 37-33 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Ledarrius Brewer who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.

On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Ledarrius Brewer (16.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Damari Monsanto (12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), David Sloan (10.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.3 apg), & Ty Brewer (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Buccaneers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Mercer is a solid team, however, the Bears have struggled as of late losing 4 of their last 6 games which included a 70-64 loss at home to East Tennessee State in early February. East Tennessee State is led by a solid defense that ranks 55th in scoring defense & 85th in defensive FG% and as the Buccaneers are 8-2 at home, I think East Tennessee State bounces back from their tough loss against Chattanooga and do enough to cover this spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick East Tennessee State Buccaneers -5

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