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Mercer vs Western Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Bears vs Catamounts Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Mercer Bears at Western Carolina Catamounts
- Where: Cullowhee at Ramsey Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Mercer +1, MERC -110 | WCAR -110 O/U 137.0
Mercer heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-9. On the road, the Bears will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 2-6. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 15.94 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.81 boards per contest. Before getting a bet down on this game, we recommend keeping close watch on the availability of Kamar Robertson, as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the Bears’ will be without their 2nd leading scorer at Kamar Robertson points 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.
The Western Carolina Catamounts head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 9-7. So far this season, Western Carolina has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Catamounts as the -1 point favorites. The Catamounts have been favored 3 times, going 2-1 straight up.
Tyzhaun Claude comes into today’s game as the Catamounts’ leading scorer at 14.44 points per contest. Not only has Claude been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Western Carolina’s top rebounder at 8.19 boards per contest. Behind Claude, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tre Jackson, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 4.0 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Western Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 221st in college basketball at 70.7 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 Catamounts’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 372nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Mercer Bears +1
Heading into this matchup between the Western Carolina Catamounts and Mercer Bears we have a strong lean on taking the points with Mercer at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Mercer to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Mercer Bears at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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