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Tennessee vs. Mercer - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (5-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (4-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)

The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SECN PLUS

Over at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, the Mercer Bears and the Tennessee Volunteers will be matching up in college basketball activity. 

Mercer comes into this game with a 5-2 record overall. Aside from losses to UCF and Colorado, the Bears have beaten Toccoa Falls, Jackson State, Liberty, Drexel and Hiwassee so far. In that Hiwassee game, Ethan Stair posted 15 points, five rebounds and six assists for Mercer. 

Tennessee vs. Mercer - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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So far this year, Ria’n Holland leads the Bears on 20.2 PPG with 3.7 RPG and 2.5 APG, and Demetre Rivers is the only other player on the team in double-figures, with 10.3 PPG. Stephon Jelks leads Mercer in rebounding with 7.4 RPG and 8.7 PPG. 

Over on the Vols’ side, they’re currently 4-1 on the young season. Tennessee’s lone loss came to Villanova, but otherwise they’ve taken out Presbyterian, High Point, Purdue and NC State. In that NC State game, Tennessee forward Grant Williams logged 14 points with six rebounds and four assists. 

Williams leads the Volunteers in scoring with 15.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG, and Admiral Schofield is also in double-figures with 12.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG. Jordan Bone (9.2 PPG) and Jordan Bowen (9.2 PPG) are close to that threshold for Tennessee. 

The Bears are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games versus a team with a winning home record. Mercer is also 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six versus Southern. Tennessee is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. 

Mercer’s strength is that they’re reasonably well-balanced, even if they do have a couple of easily-identifiable standouts on their roster. The Bears have been taking care of business where they’re supposed to, generally speaking, but faltering against the larger programs. I think that will be the case here, so I’m going with Tennessee to cover.

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