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Mercer Bears vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (18-10) at Mercer Bears (18-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Hawkins Arena)

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

TV: ESPN3

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will travel to play the Mercer Bears in a Southern game on Saturday.

The Mercer Bears are 18-10 (8-7) and are coming off of a loss to Western Carolina by a score of 72-65. Mercer has lost 4 games in a row and is currently 5th in the Southern standings. Mercer is averaging 72.6 points per game while giving up 67.4 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 40.4 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game for Mercer. Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.3 points per game and 5 assists per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 72.4% on free throws, 34.6% on three-pointers, and 45.6% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer Bears vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 18-10 (11-4) and are coming off of a win against The Citadel by a score of 67-51. East Tennessee State has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 2nd in the Southern standings. East Tennessee State defeated Mercer by a score of 65-63 in these two teams first meeting of the season. East Tennessee State is averaging 78 points per game while giving up 74 points per game. East Tennessee State is also averaging 37 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game. Ge’Lawn Guyn is averaging 17.3 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for East Tennessee State. T.J. Cromer is averaging 15.3 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Buccaneers. East Tennessee State is shooting 70% on free throws, 36.4% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.

East Tennessee State is 3-14 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games. East Tennessee State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The over is 6-1-1 in East Tennessee State’s last 8 Saturday games. Mercer is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games. Mercer is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The over is 4-0 in Mercer’s last 4 games.

Mercer has been struggling of late, while East Tennessee State is towards the top of the conference. Mercer has the rebounding advantage and is the better defensive team in this matchup. With Mercer struggling like they are, I am going with East Tennessee State on the road. 

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