VMI vs. Mercer - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (18-11) at VMI Keydets (7-19)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Hall)
The Line: VMI Keydets +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Mercer Bears and VMI Keydets square off early Thursday night at the Cameron Hall.
The Mercer Bears need a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Mercer Bears are averaging 71.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 assists. Demetre Rivers is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Jordan Strawberry is dishing 3.8 assists. The Mercer Bears are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bears are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The VMI Keydets also need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The VMI Keydets are averaging 63.6 points on 38.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting. QJ Peterson is averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while Julian Eleby is averaging 13.9 points and 2.5 assists. Phillip Anglade is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Trey Chapman is dishing one assist. The VMI Keydets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Keydets are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have split their last 10 home games.
The Bears are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Keydets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Bears are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Both of these teams are going through a bad losing stretch at the moment, so I'm not sure why Mercer is such a heavy favorite on the road. VMI has played its best ball this season at home. The best bet would be to leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I'll side with the points and home team.