Check out our free UNCG vs Mercer pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Macon. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
UNCG vs Mercer Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Spartans vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UNCG Spartans at Mercer Bears
- Where: Macon at Hawkins Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: UNCG -3, NCG -162 | MERC +132 O/U 125.0
UNCG heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-9. So far, the Spartans have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 6-4. This season, UNCG has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 9-5. For today’s contest, UNCG has a betting line set -3 points in their favor.
UNCG will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Keyshaun Langley who is averaging 13.43 points per game for the Spartans. Langley 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 Spartans’ offensive game plan is the play of Keondre Kennedy who has hit 41.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.52 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UNCG this season, as they are currently ranked 378th in college basketball at 65.0 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 Spartans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 249th in the NCAA.
Mercer will take the floor against the Spartans with an overall record of 11-12. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 15.3 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.74 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: UNCG Spartans -3
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the UNCG Spartans to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3 point betting favorites. Although UNCG as a team is just 281st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Bears’ defense. In addition, the Spartans have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -3 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Spartans to come out on top and cover.