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Mercer Bears vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (21-10) vs. Mercer Bears (19-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -2 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will play the Mercer Bears in the second round of the Southern Conference Tournament.

The Mercer Bears are 19-13 (8-10) and are the #7 seed in the Southern tournament. Mercer won their first game of the Southern tournament against The Citadel by a score of 71-69. Mercer is averaging 72.7 points per game while giving up 68.5 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per game. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game for Mercer. Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.4 points per game and 4.8 assists per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 73.1% on free throws, 35.5% on three-pointers, and 45.1% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer Bears vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 21-10 (14-4) and are the #2 seed in the Southern tournament. East Tennessee State finished the regular season by winning their last 5 games and is coming off of a win against Wofford by a score of 71-66. East Tennessee State swept the season series with Mercer by scores of 77-74 and 65-63. East Tennessee State is averaging 77.8 points per game while giving up 73.7 points per game. East Tennessee State is also averaging 36.2 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game. Ge’Lawn Guyn is averaging 18.1 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for East Tennessee State. T.J. Cromer is averaging 15.1 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Buccaneers. East Tennessee State is shooting 70.2% on free throws, 37.3% on three-pointers, and 46.3% on all field goal attempts.

East Tennessee State has been impressive this season and comes into this game on a 5 game winning streak. Mercer struggled to end the season and got swept by East Tennessee State in their first two meetings. Mercer has the defensive edge and the rebounding advantage in this game. I like East Tennessee State to advance here. 

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East Tennessee State -2

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