Mercer vs. Georgia Southern - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Southern Eagles (1-1) at Mercer Bears (1-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)
The Line: Mercer Bears PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Southern Eagles and Mercer Bears meet Sunday afternoon in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena on ESPN3.
The Georgia Southern Eagles look for a big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Georgia Southern Eagles are averaging 79 points on 37 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Ike Smith is averaging 21.5 points and five rebounds while Tookie Brown is averaging 17 points and three assists. B.J. Gladden is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Jake Allsmiller is dishing 1.5 assists. The Georgia Southern Eagles are shooting 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia Southern Eagles are allowing 16.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Georgia Southern Eagles have lost four straight road games.
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The Mercer Bears look for a big victory here that would get them a game above a .500 record. The Mercer Bears are averaging 54 points on 37.3 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Ria'n Holland is averaging 22.5 points and three rebounds while Demetre Rivers is averaging 10 points and 1.5 assists. Stephon Jelks is dishing two assists and Ryan Johnson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 52.9 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have split their last six home games.
The Eagles are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bears last 5 overall and the over is 13-3 in Eagles last 16 road games.
Both of these teams have looked sharp in their first couple of games, as Georgia Southern lost by two points to North Carolina State, and Mercer's only loss came against a solid Florida Gators team. In a pick em game, I have to give the edge to the Mercer Bears at home. Mercer plays well at home and is a lot more experienced than it was a season ago.