Tennessee vs. Mercer - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (6-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (5-4)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Mercer Bears face off on Monday in Knoxville in college basketball action.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 5-4 this season and are winners of three of their last four games. Tennessee is averaging 6 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Josh Richardson leads the Vols averaging 16.9 points per game. Kevin Punter is averaging 10.6 points, Armani Moore is averaging 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Detrick Mostella is averaging 6.9 points. Tennessee is 4-0 at home this season.
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The Mercer Bears are 6-5 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Mercer is averaging 64 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Ike Nwamu is averaging 17.3 points to lead the Bears. T.J. Hallice is averaging 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, Phillip Leonard is averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 assists, and Darious Moten is averaging 9.0 points. Mercer is 0-2 on the road this season and they haven’t beaten a team with a RPI better than 200.
Tennessee is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-7-2 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 7-3-2 against the spread following a win. Mercer is 4-1 against the spread I their last five road games against a team with a winning home record, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 0-4-2 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points.
Tennessee is a big favorite here and while I see the Vols winning, I like Mercer with the points to cover.