Mercer Bears vs. VMI Keydets - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VMI Keydets (6-12) at Mercer Bears (14-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)
The Line: Mercer Bears -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The VMI Keydets will travel to play the Mercer Bears in a Southern game on Thursday.
The Mercer Bears are 14-6 (4-3) and are coming off of a loss to Western Carolina by a score of 86-80. Mercer has lost their last 2 games and is currently tied for 4th in the Southern standings. Mercer also has losses to Chattanooga and East Tennessee State, who are tied for the best conference record. Mercer is averaging 71.5 points per game while giving up 65.6 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 41.5 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Jestin Lewis is averaging 12.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for Mercer. Stephon Jelks is averaging 11.8 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 73% on free throws, 33.6% on three-pointers, and 44.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The VMI Keydets are 6-12 (1-6) and are coming off of a loss to Furman by a score of 68-56. VMI has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is sitting in last place of the Southern Conference. VMI is averaging 66.9 points per game while giving up 73.1 points per game. VMI is also averaging 33.1 rebounds per game and 10.2 assists per game. QJ Peterson is averaging 18.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game for VMI. Julian Eleby is averaging 14.9 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Keydets. VMI is shooting 72.7% on free throws, 33.6% on three-pointers, and 40.7% on all field goal attempts.
VMI is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 conference games. VMI is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games. The under is 7-3-1 in VMI’s last 11 games following a loss. Mercer is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games. Mercer is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The over is 5-1 in Mercer’s last 6 games.
VMI is really struggling this season, while Mercer is towards the top of the conference standings. Mercer is the better team here and should win this game with no problem. VMI’s offense is inconsistent and is going up against a very tough Mercer defense. I like Mercer by a lot in this contest.