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Mercer vs. Western Carolina - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (12-16) at Mercer Bears (15-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Hawkins Arena)

The Line: Mercer Bears -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

On Tuesday from Hawkins Arena, the Western Carolina Catamounts and the Mercer Bears will be meeting up on the college basketball circuit. 

Western Carolina enters this one with a 12-16 record overall. The Catamounts have lost their last three games, and fell to East Tennessee State on Saturday. In that one, Western Carolina guard Deriece Parks put up 17 points. 

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Mercer vs. Western Carolina - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in scoring for Western Carolina this year is Mike Amius with 12.6 PPG and 5.7 RPG. The only other Catamounts player averaging in double-figures on the season is Parks with 10.6 PPG to his name. 

As for Mercer, they’re currently 15-13 this year. The Bears have won their last five games, and took out UNC Greensboro on Saturday. In that one, Mercer guard Jordan Strawberry put up 27 points. 

Tops in scoring this year for Mercer is Ria’n Holland with 19.0 PPG. Also in double-figures for the Bears are Demetre Rivers (10.4 PPG), Strawberry (10.3 PPG) and Stephon Jelks (10.0 PPG; 7.4 RPG). 

Western Carolina is 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss and the under is 10-3 in their last 13 Tuesday games. The over is 13-6 in the Catamounts’ last 19 road games and 13-6 in their last 19 following a straight-up loss. 

Meanwhile, the Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last five overall. Mercer is also 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the Southern and 1-7 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games. 

After logging just 48 points versus UNC Greensboro, the Catamounts have managed just 130 across their most recent two games. As for Mercer, they’ve been scoring pretty well over their last eight games or so, and I don’t think they’ll stop here. I’ll take the Bears.

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