Georgia vs. Mercer - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (6-6) at Georgia Bulldogs (6-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Stegeman Coliseum)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Mercer Bears and Georgia Bulldogs play Saturday at the Stegeman Coliseum.
The Mercer Bears have split their first 12 games and are playing their fourth true road game. On the season, Mercer is averaging 65 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Ike Nwamu is averaging 18.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while T.J. Hallice is averaging 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Darious Moten is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Phillip Leonard is producing 5.4 assists. The Mercer Bears are a defensive team that’s allowed 67 or less points in six of their last seven games and is holding teams to 34.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has just one double-digit scorer and is shooting 69.8 percent from the free throw line and 36.9 percent from downtown. Three or Mercer’s six losses this season have come in true road games.
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The Georgia Bulldogs look for a season-high fourth straight win as they play their first game in six days. On the season, Georgia is averaging 73.6 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is allowing 64.9 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Marcus Thornton is averaging 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while Kenny Gaines is averaging 11.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Charles Mann is producing 3.7 assists and Nemanja Djurisic is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Georgia Bulldogs have developed into a quality offensive team that has four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 30.9 percent from deep as a team. Defensively, Georgia is allowing teams to shoot 29.4 percent from downtown and has given up 57 or less points in three straight games. Georgia is unbeaten at home this season.
The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Bulldogs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 36-16 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games.
Mercer has played its worst ball of the season on the road, and Georgia is a team that has the ability to be a sleeper in the SEC. Look for the Bulldogs to win this game by double digits in a blowout.