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Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Mercer Bears - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (14-5) at Western Carolina Catamounts (7-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Ramsey Center)

The Line: Western Carolina Catamounts -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Mercer Bears will travel to play the Western Carolina Catamounts in a Southern game on Saturday.

The Western Carolina Catamounts are 7-12 (2-4) and are coming off of a loss against The Citadel by a score of 92-91. Western Carolina has lost 3 games in a row and is currently tied for 6th place in the Southern standings. Western Carolina’s only two conference wins have come against VMI and UNC Greensboro. Western Carolina is averaging 73.1 points per game while giving up 74 points per game. Western Carolina is also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game. Mike Brown is averaging 15.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Western Carolina. Torrion Brummitt is averaging 12.7 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Catamounts. Western Carolina is shooting 70.8% on free throws, 32.6% on three-pointers, and 41.1% on all field goal attempts.

Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Mercer Bears - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mercer Bears are 14-5 (4-2) and are coming off of a loss to East Tennessee State by a score of 65-63. Mercer has won 3 of their last 4 games and is tied for 3rd place in the Southern standings. Mercer has lost to the top two teams in the conference, East Tennessee State and Chattanooga. Mercer is averaging 71.1 points per game while giving up 64.5 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 40.9 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Jestin Lewis is averaging 11.8 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game for Mercer. Stephon Jelks is averaging 11.7 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 73.1% on free throws, 33.4% on three-pointers, and 45.5% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer is 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 conference games. Mercer is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in Mercer’s last 5 games. Western Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. Western Carolina is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The over is 4-1 in Western Carolina’s last 5 home games.

Mercer has been able to play very good defense, which should give them an edge in this game. Mercer also has the rebounding advantage and is the better shooting team. Western Carolina struggles on defense, which Mercer will take advantage of. I like Mercer here.

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