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Wagner vs Merrimack College Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds
Seahawks vs Warriors Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Wagner Seahawks at Merrimack College Warriors
- Where: North Andover at Hammel Court
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds: Wagner +2.5, WAG +123 | MERRI -150 O/U 115.5
Coming into today’s matchup, the Wagner Seahawks are in the middle of a 3 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-7. So far, the Seahawks have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. For the season, Wagner has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Seahawks being +2.5 point underdogs.
Wagner’s leading scorer this season is DeLonnie Hunt, who is averaging 11.6 points per contest. So far, Hunt has accounted for 17.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.4 rebounds per game and 3.27 assists. Brandon Brown is the second leading scorer for the Seahawks, averaging 9.47 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 32.7% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Wagner is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 27.9% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 30.72% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Wagner, the Merrimack College Warriors will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 5-14. So far this season, Merrimack College has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Warriors as the -2.5 point favorites. The Warriors have been favored 3 times, going 1-2 straight up.
Merrimack College will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ziggy Reid who is averaging 12.58 points per game for the Warriors. Reid 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 Warriors’ offensive game plan is the play of Jordan Minor who has hit 52.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 17.38 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Merrimack College this season, as they are currently ranked 446th in college basketball at 61.4 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 Warriors’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 319th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Merrimack College Warriors -2.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Merrimack College Warriors to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Merrimack College as a team is just 335th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Seahawks’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Warriors to come out on top and cover.
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