Mercer vs. Wofford - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wofford Terriers (20-11) at Mercer Bears (18-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)
The Line: Mercer Bears -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Wofford Terriers will travel to the U.S. Cellular Center (NC) to take on the Mercer Bears this Saturday afternoon to face off in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Men’s Championship.
The Wofford Terriers finished their regular season with an overall record of 20-11 and earned the 5-seed in the Southern Conference Tournament after finishing conference play with an 11-7 record. Wofford had an outstanding year on the offense end, as the Terriers have been one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, and had one of the biggest upsets of the season after Wofford defeated North Carolina on the road in mid-December. On the season, Wofford is averaging 76.0 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Terriers are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 41.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wofford has been led by Fletcher Magee (22.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), Cameron Jackson (11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 bpg), Trevor Stumpe (11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Nathan Hoover (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Wofford is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Terriers have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
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The Mercer Bears won their last 8 games of their regular season which helped Mercer finished the year with an 18-13 overall record. Mercer earned the 4-seed for the Southern Conference Tournament after finishing conference play with an 11-7 record as Mercer held the tie-breaker over Wofford. Mercer is a balanced team that has had success on both ends of the court this season and although they had a rough month in January, the Bears have been playing their best basketball as of late, even beating the top-seed, the UNC-Greensboro Spartans, in mid-February. On the season, Mercer is averaging 76.2 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ria’n Holland (19.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Demetre Rivers (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), Jordan Strawberry (10.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apg), and Stephon Jelks (9.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Mercer is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of -0.2. Ria’n Holland is currently listed as out indefinitely due to a wrist injury that has kept him out for since mid-January.
The Terriers are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up loss however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Bears are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Mercer won both matchups against Wofford this season as the Bears won by a 73-65 margin at home in early February and recently won a tight 69-68 matchup on the road just last week.
Wofford has been led by their offense which comes into this game ranked 111th in scoring offense, 51st in FG%, 5th in 3P-FG%, and 11th in FT%. Mercer has been solid on both sides of the ball and come into this game ranked 99th in scoring offense and 89th in scoring defense. Mercer was able to defeat the Wofford twice in the regular season, however, as I think this game is going to come down to the wire, I’m going to go with Wofford as they have the best player on the court in Fletcher Magee and are one of the best FT-shooting teams in the country. Take Wofford and the points.