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Mercer Bears vs. Western Carolina Catamounts - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (11-16) at Mercer Bears (18-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)

The Line: Mercer Bears -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

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

The Mercer Bears 18-9 (8-6) and are coming off of loss to Furman by a score of 85-74. Mercer has lost 3 games in a row and is currently 5th in the Southern standings. Mercer is averaging 72.9 points per game while giving up 67.2 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 40.9 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12.1 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for Mercer. Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.1 points per game and 4.9 assists per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 72.3% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 45.8% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer Bears vs. Western Carolina Catamounts - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Carolina Catamounts are 11-16 (6-8) and are coming off of a loss to East Tennessee State by a score of 83-77. Western Carolina has won 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 6th in the Southern standings. Western Carolina defeated Mercer by a score of 86-80 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Western Carolina is averaging 72.1 points per game while giving up 73.4 points per game. Western Carolina is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game. Mike Brown is averaging 16.8 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for Western Carolina. Torrion Brummitt is averaging 12.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Catamounts. Western Carolina is shooting 69.9% on free throws, 32.2% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.

Western Carolina is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games. Western Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The under is 6-1 in Western Carolina’s last 7 Thursday games. Mercer is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games. Mercer is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-1 in Mercer’s last 6 games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Mercer comes into this game struggling, while Western Carolina has been playing better of late. Mercer plays better defense than Western Carolina and I think that will be the difference here. I like Mercer. 

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