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East Tennessee State vs. Mercer - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (14-4) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (11-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Mercer Bears and East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet Thursday at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

The Mercer Bears look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 71.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Jestin Lewis is averaging 12.1 points and 1.8 assists while Stephon Jelks is averaging 12 points and 9.4 rebounds. Phillip Leonard is the third double-digit scorer and Desmond Ringer is grabbing five rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. Mercer is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost eight of their last 13 road games.

East Tennessee State vs. Mercer - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are averaging 79.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Ge'Lawn Guyn is averaging 17.2 points and four rebounds while T.J. Cromer is averaging 16.2 points and 2.9 assists. A.J. Merriweather is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Deuce Bello is dishing 1.4 assists. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. East Tennessee State is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have won five straight home games.

The Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Buccaneers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. 

Both teams are hot right now but ETSU has been a lot more consistent all season and has proven to be a fairly decent home team. In a toss up game, have the side with the Bucs here.

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East Tennessee State Buccaneers -2

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