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East Tennessee State vs Mercer Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds
Buccaneers vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Mercer Bears
- Where: Macon at Hawkins Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 25th
- Betting Odds: East Tennessee State +4.5, ETNST +162 | MERC -200 O/U 130.5
Through 21 games, the East Tennessee State Buccaneers have an overall record of 8-13. On the road, the Buccaneers will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. So far, the Buccaneers have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
East Tennessee State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan King who is averaging 14.29 points per game for the Buccaneers. King is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buccaneers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jalen Haynes who has hit 57.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.81 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 169th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 177th in the NCAA.
Mercer heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-12. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 5-4. The Bears’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Mercer has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.
Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 14.29 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.38 boards per contest. Behind McCreary, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kamar Robertson, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.6% of his shots and is adding 2.63 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mercer this season, as they are currently ranked 225th in college basketball at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.1%, placing them 173rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: East Tennessee State Buccaneers +4.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Mercer and East Tennessee State are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 8.12 and 8.78 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the East Tennessee State Buccaneers to cover as +4.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Bears’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Mercer. At +4.5 we like the chances of East Tennessee State covering the spread as underdogs.
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