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Mercer vs VMI Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Bears vs Keydets Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Mercer Bears at VMI Keydets
  • Where: Lexington at Cameron Hall
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Mercer -5, MERC -228 | VAMIL +182 O/U 140.0

Bears Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs VMI, the Mercer Bears will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 8-11. On the road, the Bears will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 3-7. This season, Mercer has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3. For today’s contest, Mercer has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

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Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 14.47 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.42 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 12.35 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.6% of his shots and is adding 2.71 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.

Keydets Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the VMI Keydets are in the middle of a 8 game losing streak and have an overall record of 5-14. So far this season, VMI has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. For the season, VMI has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 2-14. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Keydets being +5 point underdogs.

VMI’s leading scorer this season is Asher Woods, who is averaging 14.84 points per contest. So far, Woods has accounted for 20.27% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.58 rebounds per game and 2.16 assists. Sean Conway is the second leading scorer for the Keydets, averaging 14.58 points per game. Between him and Conway, they are accounting for 40.2% of the team’s scoring.

Through 19 games, VMI has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.1 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Keydets’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.3% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 12.55 made 3’s per contest.

Free Spread Prediction: Mercer Bears -5

If you are eying this matchup between VMI Keydets and Mercer Bears as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Mercer to cover the spread as -5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Mercer shooting well enough to keep the Keydets at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bears’ to win the game and cover the spread.


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