The Citadel vs Mercer Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/8/24

Mercer (15-15) vs The Citadel (11-20)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

Betting Odds: Mercer -3 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Citadel Bulldogs and the Mercer Bears meet in college basketball action from the Harrah’s Cherokee Center on Friday. Who comes out on top in Friday’s SoCon Tournament First Round matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Citadel vs. Mercer Prediction.

The Citadel Team Preview

The Citadel Bulldogs come into the tournament as the 9-seed, finishing the year with an 11-20 overall record, including a 3-15 mark in SoCon play. AJ Smith leads the Citadel In scoring with 16.4 PPG along with 4.5 RPG while Elijah Morgan has 14.4 PPG and Madison Durr has 11.6 PPG with 4.1 RPG and a team-high 3.3 APG to lead the Bulldogs in assists this season. Quentin Millora-Brown has 11.1 PPG with a team-high 9.3 RPG to lead the Bulldogs on the glass, rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for the Citadel so far this season. Winston Hill has 9.6 PPG with 6.6 RPG as well on the year. As a team, The Citadel is averaging 70.5 PPG on 46% shooting from the field, 32.9% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

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Mercer Team Preview

The Mercer Bears come into the tournament as the 8-seed, finishing the season with an overall record of 15-16 this season, including a conference record of 8-10. Jalyn McCreary leads Mercer in scoring and rebounding with 15.8 PPG and 4.7 RPG while David Thomas has 10.3 PPG with a team-high 2.3 APG to lead the Bears in assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Mercer so far this season. Jake Davis also has 9.2 PPG with 4.5 RPG as well this season. As a team, Mercer is averaging 71.2 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 34.4% from three and 67.1% from the foul line this season.

The Citadel vs. Mercer Prediction

I’m on Mercer here. The Citadel continues to have defensive issues that have plagued this team all year long and I don’t expect them to suddenly disappear in time for the conference tournament. Mercer’s far from a world-beater, but the Citadel barely won the first meeting before Mercer crushed the Bulldogs in the revenge spot and I think Mercer gets the final laugh here. Give me the Bears laying the points.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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