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Merrimack vs Boston 12/2/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston University Terriers (4-4) vs. Merrimack Warriors (1-7)
December 2, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Merrimack Warriors +103 / Boston University Terriers -123; Over/Under: +127.5
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The Boston University Terriers and the Merrimack Warriors meet in college basketball action from the Hammel Court on Friday night.

The Boston University Terriers will try to rebound from an 81-70 OT loss to UC-Davis last time out. Walter Whyte leads the Terriers in scoring and rebounding with 13.2 PPG and 6 RPG while Jonas Harper has 11.4 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for the Terriers up to this point in the season. Ethan Brittain-Watts also has a team-high 2.3 APG as well on the year and Nevin Zink also has 6 RPG for the Terriers. As a team, Boston University is averaging 69.9 PPG on 40.1% shooting from the field, 28.6% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

The Merrimack Warriors will be looking for their first D-I win of the season after a 77-51 loss to UMass last time out. Jordan Minor has 17 PPG and 8;5 RPG after his first two games of the year while Ziggy Reid has 13.9 PPG along with 2.9 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Merrimack up to this point in the year. Jordan Derkack has 9.5 PPG and a team-high 6.6 RPG to lead the Warriors on the glass while Javon Bennett has a team-high 2.4 APG to leads the Warriors in assists this season. As a team, Merrimack is averaging 56.4 PPG on 35.4% shooting from the field, 29.1% from three and 75.9% from the foul line this season.

Boston University is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Merrimack is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. 

I get why you’d look either way in this game, but I like the under in this one. Merrimack’s been so bad offensively this season and they’ve played to the under in 6 of their 7 games this season. Boston U on the other hand, has played down to a lot of lesser opposition in recent games and is fully capable of turning this into a first to 60 wins kind of game. Give me the under in this one. 

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 127.5

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