Merrimack vs Sacred Heart College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21

Merrimack vs Sacred Heart College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/8/21 Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-3) at Merrimack Warriors (0-0)

College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Hammel Court)

The Line: Merrimack Warriors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 132 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Sacred Heart Pioneers and the Merrimack Warriors meet in college basketball action from Hammel Court on Friday afternoon.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers come into this one looking to bounce back after falling to 2-4 on the year thanks to a 97-90 loss to Merrimack on Thursday. Tyler Thomas leads the Pioneers in scoring and assists by posting an average of 19.4 PPG and 3.6 APG to go along with his 5.2 RPG this season while Aaron Clarke is 2nd in scoring with 12.3 PPG along with 2.8 APG to make up the pair of double-digit scorers for Sacred Heart up to this point in the year. Matas Spokas has 9.5 PPG and 3.5 RPG while Bryce Johnson has a team-high 8.5 RPG and 6.8 PPG and Cantavio Dutreil has 8.2 RPG in just over 18 minutes per game this season. As a team, Sacred Heart is averaging 71.2 PPG on 38.7% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 69.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 81.5 PPG on 48.3% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3-point range this season.

The Merrimack Warriors will look to start the season with a sweep of Sacred Heart after taking Thursday’s opening matchup. Jordan Minor led the Warriors with 20 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double with a pair of blocks as well while Mikey Watkins came right behind in 2nd with 19 points along with 5 rebounds, a team-high 6 assists and 5 steals. Ziggy Reid and Malik Edmead each had 17 points with Reid adding 9 rebounds, shooting 8 of 11 from the floor while Edmead shot 7 of 13 with a pair of steals. Devin Jensen and Mykel Derring each had 11 points with 3 threes to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Merrimack in the winning effort with Jensen adding 4 assists and 4 steals. As a team, Merrimack is averaging 97 PPG on 56.9% shooting from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range and 50% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 90 PPG on 48.4% shooting from the field and 40.6% from the 3-point line this season.

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With these back-to-back games, we've said it all year that it's hard to beat the same team twice back-to-back, but Sacred Heart has been inconsistent in their first 6 games of the year while Merrimack looks like they're here to pick up where they left off last year after winning the conference regular season in their debut season in D-I. I just think the Warriors can get the job done here and bag a cover in the process so I'll lay the points with Merrimack in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Merrimack -4.5

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