Mercer Bears (6-1) at Kennesaw State Owls (3-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm (KSU Convocation Center)
The Line: Kennesaw State Owls +14.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Mercer Bears and the Kennesaw State Owls meet in college basketball action from the KSU Convocation Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mercer Bears will look to rebound from their first loss of the season coming in the form of an 88-81 loss to Georgia State last time out. Neftali Alvarez led the Bears with 17 points including a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line with 3 assists while Jeffrey Gary added 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists. Ross Cummings added 12 points with 6 rebounds while Maciej Bender added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting in 13 minutes on the gloor and Felipe Haase added 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists to cap off the scoring in double figures as all five starters for Mercer had double-digits scoring. Patrick Urey added 4 points with 7 rebounds as well in the defeat. Cummings leads Mercer in scoring with an average of 15.4 points per game while Alvarez leads the Bears in assists with 6.3 assists per game and Haase is Mercer’s top rebounder, grabbing 10.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Mercer is averaging 84.3 points on 49.3% shooting from the field, 40.1% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.4 points on 42.4% shooting from the field and 31.6% from 3-point range this season.
The Kennesaw State Owls will look to bounce back after a 65-63 loss to Samford last time out, taking back-to-back losses to drop to 3-4 on the year. Chris Youngblood led the Owls with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 5 rebounds while Brandon Stroud added 11 points with a team-high 11 rebounds and a pair of steals for the double-double. Spencer Rodgers chipped in 10 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for KSU in the loss while Alex Peterson shot a perfect 4 for 4 with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals. Rodgers leads Kennesaw State in scoring with an average of 16 points per game while Peterson leads the Owls in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game and Kasen Jennings leads Kennesaw State in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Kennesaw State is averaging 69.6 points on 42.8% shooting from the field, 31% from 3-point range and 64.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63 points on 40.4% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season.
Mercer is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Kennesaw State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games following a loss while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 home games.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as Mercer has made me quite a bit this season, but the Bears didn’t look great against Georgia State and out of nowhere, Kennesaw State is 4-0 ATS this season. I just think that this may be a spot where Mercer gets back on track after that frustrating performance against Georgia State and the Bears have just been a lot easier to trust offensively this season. I’ll lay the points with the Bears in this spot.