Mercer vs. Wofford - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wofford Terriers (16-14) at Mercer Bears (16-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Hawkins Arena)
The Line: Mercer Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138
The Wofford Terriers and the Mercer Bears meet in SoCon college hoops action from the Hawkins Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Wofford Terriers will try to leapfrog in the SoCon table to finish the year, sitting at 8-9 in conference play after a 6th straight loss in the form of a 60-54 loss to East Tennessee State last time out. Nathan Hoover leads Wofford in scoring with 15.5 PPG while Storm Murphy is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 12.1 PPG and 3.3 APG and Chevez Goodwin has 11.6 PPG and a team-high 6.3 RPG this season. As a team, Wofford is averaging 72.5 points on 46% shooting from the field, 34.7% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.5 points on 44% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season. Wofford is 6-9 straight up and 6-8-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Mercer Bears will try to stay in the top half of the SoCon standings, sitting at 10-7 in conference play after a 3rd straight win in the form of a 73-57 win over the Citadel last time out. Djordje Dimitrijevic leads Mercer in scoring and assists with 17.1 PPG and 3.7 APG while Ethan Stair has 14.9 PPG and a team-high 9.2 APG. Jeffrey Gary also has 11.6 PPG for the Bears this season. As a team, Mercer is averaging 72.6 points on 45.2% shooting from the field, 35.6% from 3-point range and 72.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71 points on 43.1% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season. Mercer is 8-6 straight up and 6-6 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
I’m normally trying to get points with Wofford wherever I can. However, this Wofford team feels different, and not in a good way. The Terriers are just struggling at the worst possible time right now. While there aren’t many spots where I’d favor Mercer against Wofford, this is one of those spots as Mercer is just playing the much better basketball of the two, winning 7 of their last 10 games. I’ll lay the points with Mercer in this spot.