Western Carolina at Mercer - 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Western Carolina at Mercer - 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mercer Bears (15-16) vs Western Carolina Catamounts (11-20)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

Betting Odds: Mercer Bears -5.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Carolina Catamounts will play the Mercer Bears in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament on Friday.

The Western Carolina Catamounts are 11-20 (5-13) this season and have won two of their last three games. Western Carolina is coming off of a win against VMI by a score of 82-73. Western Carolina shot 50.8% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win. Marlow Gilmore led the Catamounts with 25 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Western Carolina is averaging 71.2 points per game and is giving up 77.1 points per game against, while also averaging 37.7 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game. Nicholas Robinson is averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Vonterius Woolbright is averaging 9.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Catamounts. Western Carolina is shooting 40.3% on field goals, 67.5% on free throws, and 32.2% on three pointers.

The Mercer Bears are 15-16 (8-10) this season and have lost six of their last eight games. Mercer lost to Wofford by a score of 74-67 in their last game. Mercer shot 55.3% from the field and was -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Kamar Robertson led the Bears with 18 points and 2 assists in the loss. Mercer is averaging 70.3 points per game and is giving up 70.8 points per game against, while also averaging 33 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Felipe Haase is averaging 14.9 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Jalen Johnson is averaging 13.6 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 45.1% on field goals, 77.4% on free throws, and 34.7% on three pointers.

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Western Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Friday games. The over is 5-1 in Western Carolina’s last 6 neutral site games. Mercer is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The under is 8-1 in Mercer’s last 9 neutral site games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Mercer comes into this game on a three game losing streak, while Western Carolina has won two of their last three games. Western Carolina is giving up over 77 points per game against, which should allow Mercer to have a good offensive day. I am taking Mercer in this one.

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David’s Pick Mercer -5.5

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