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East Tennessee State vs. Mercer - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (8-8) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (8-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Mercer bears face off on Thursday at the Memorial Center in SoCon college basketball action.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 8-4 this season and are off to a 3-1 start in SoCon play. ETSU is averaging 76.3 points and they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76.9 points and their opponents are shooting 45.8 percent. Jalen Riley is averaging 20.4 points per game to lead the Buccaneers. Rashawn Rembert is averaging 17 points, Lester Wilson is averaging 14.1 points, and A.J. Merriweather is averaging 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. ETSU is 4-1 at home this season and they have won their last two games.

East Tennessee State vs. Mercer - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mercer Bears are 8-8 this season and 3-0 in SoCon play. Mercer is averaging 65.6 points and they are shooting 42.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Ike Nwamu is averaging 16.9 points per game to lead the Bears. Darious Moten is averaging 9.8 points, T.J. Halice is averaging 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Phillip Leonard is averaging 8.6 points. Mercer is 2-5 on the road this season with both of the wins being SoCon games.

East Tennessee State is 7-3 against the spread against the SoCon, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 0-4 against the spread following a win. Mercer is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 4-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

ETSU can score but Mercer has the better defense and I look for that to hold up enough to get the cover in a close one. 

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Mercer Bears +4

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