The Citadel vs Mercer Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/3/23

Mercer Bears (13-18) vs The Citadel Bulldogs (10-21)

Game Info: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

Betting Odds: Mercer Bears -5.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Citadel Bulldogs and Mercer Bears face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Southern Conference Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center. When these two teams faced off on February 25th it was Mercer that secured the 72-50 victory. 

The Citadel Betting Preview

The Citadel comes into this game with a 10-21 record overall and they have gone 12-16-2 against the spread. In the last game against Mercer the offense scored only 50 points and that led to the 22 point defeat. Two games ago against ETSU, the Citadel scored 70 points and that led to the eight-point defeat. The Citadel is averaging 68.3 points while their defense is giving up 74.5 points per game. Stephen Clark is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

Mercer Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Mercer who sits with a 13-18 record overall and they have gone 12-16-1 against the spread. The defense was strong in that last game against Citadel, and they need that defense to be strong again here. Mercer is averaging 69.2 points while their defense is giving up 67.6 points per game. Jalyn McCreary is averaging 15.2 points while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. Kamar Robertson is averaging 10.9 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the three point line. 

The Citadel vs Mercer Trends

The Citadel is 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. The under is 4-0 in Mercer’s last four games on Friday. The under is 5-1 in The Citadel’s last six games against a team with a losing straight up record. 

Shane’s Free Pick

These two teams just faced off on the 25th, and The Citadel offense managed only 50 points and they are going to struggle to score again in this game. Mercer is going to score at least 75 points here, and that is going to be the difference here as Mercer is going to get the job done. Back Mercer against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Mercer -5.5

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