Appalachian State vs. Mercer - 11/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (4-1) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-3)
College Basketball: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
The Line: Mercer Bears -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and Mercer Bears meet Friday afternoon at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are coming off a Thanksgiving victory over Liberty. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are averaging 65.6 points on 36.7 percent shooting and allowing 73.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Frank Eaves is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while Chris Burgess is averaging 10.3 points and 2.5 assists. Griffin Kinney is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Emarius Logan is dishing 1.5 assists. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. Appalachian State shot 45 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers in its win over the Flames. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have split their last 10 games.
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The Mercer Bears are fresh off a Thanksgiving victory over Tulane. The Mercer Bears are averaging 70 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 62 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Phillip Leonard is averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 assists. Jordan Strawberry is dishing 3.8 assists and Desmond Ringer is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. Mercer has allowed 61 or less points in three of its last four games. The Mercer Bears have won seven of their last 10 regular season games.
The Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southern. The Bears are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
There's no line yet, but I'm leaning Mercer here due to its defense and the fact Appalachian State has already had a hard time this season against lesser comp. The Bears should win this game rather easiy.