Mercer vs. VMI - 3/7/15 Southern Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VMI Keydets (11-18) at Mercer Bears (17-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)
The Line: Mercer Bears -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VMI Keydets and Mercer Bears square off Saturday night in the Southern quarterfinal.
The VMI Keydets look for a win after splitting their last six. On the season, VMI is averaging 77.7 points on 38.8 percent shooting and is allowing 82.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Tim Marshall is averaging 11.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while Brian Brown is averaging 10.9 points and 1.8 assists. Julian Eleby is the third double-digit scorer and Phillip Anglade is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The VMI Keydets have four players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from deep. Defensively, VMI is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in four straight games.
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The Mercer Bears look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight. On the season, Mercer is averaging 65.7 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Ike Nwamu is averaging 14.5 points and 1.5 assists while Darious Moten is averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. T.J. Hallice is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Phillip Leonard is dishing 4.6 assists. The Mercer Bears have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Mercer is allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Keydets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bears are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Mercer Bears are by far the better team here and had no trouble beating up VMI in both meetings this season. Take the Bears to win by double digits.