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Mercer vs. The Citadel - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Citadel Bulldogs (10-21) at Mercer Bears (18-13)

College Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)

The Line: Mercer Bears -11 -- Over/Under: 171.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Mercer Bears and the Citadel Bulldogs face off on Friday in a SoCon college basketball tournament opener.

The Mercer Bears are 18-13 this season and they have lost their last seven games in a row. Mercer is averaging 71.6 points and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Stephon Jelks leads the Bears averaging 12.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.4 points, Demetre Rivers is averaging 9.3 points, and Jordan Strawberry is averaging 8.4 points. Mercer is 8-10 in SoCon games and 5-0 in neutral site games.

Mercer vs. The Citadel - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Citadel Bulldogs are 10-21 this season and they have lost their last nine games. The Citadel is averaging 83.6 points and they are shooting 40.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 95.2 points and their opponents are shooting 52.5 percent. Derick Henry leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.2 points per game. Quinton Marshall is averaging 11.5 points, Warren Sledge is averaging 10.3 points, and Brian White is averaging 9.1 points. The Citadel is 1-0 in neutral site games and 3-15 in SoCon play.

Mercer is 0-6 against the spread following a loss, 7-19-1 against the spread against the SoCon, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games. The Citadel is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 0-4 against the spread following a loss. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two teams.

These are two teams on the skids but I will give take the points with Citadel here though I won’t be touching this one. 

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The Citadel Bulldogs +11

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