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East Tennessee State vs. Mercer - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Mercer at East Tennessee State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Johnson City, TN
The Line
East Tennessee State Buccaneers -11 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN 3
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The Mercer Bears will travel to the Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Mercer Bears snapped a 4-game losing streak and improved to 9-16 (4-9 Southern) on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 74-65, this past Thursday. Mercer was solid on both ends of the court agianst the Catamounts and didn’t have much trouble picking up the much-needed road victory after entering halftime with a 40-25 lead. Mercer shot 50.9% from the field and forced the Catamounts into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Ross Cummings who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Mercer is averaging 73.9 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ross Cummings (17.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Ethan Stair (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Djordje Dimitrijevic (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Jaylen Stowe (10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 20-7 (10-4 Southern) on the season after defeating The Citadel Bulldogs, 91-83, this past Thursday. East Tennessee State had all they could handle from The Citadel, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away later with solid FT-shooting as the Buccaneers hit 8 consecutive FT’s to close out the game. East Tennessee State shot 53.3% from the field and outrebounded The Citadel by a 40-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Isaiah Tisdale who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 79.7 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Patrick Good (12.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Jeromy Rodriguez (11.7 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Bo Hodges (9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg), and Isaiah Tisdale (8.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, East Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 12.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Buccaneers are 28-8-1 ATS in their last 37 Saturday games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

Mercer has lost 6 of their last 9 games and currently rank 147th in scoring offense, 184th in scoring defense, and 171st in defensive FG%.

East Tennessee State has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 39th in scoring offense, 25th in FG%, and 103rd in scoring defense.

Mercer lost to East Tennessee State by a 72-68 margin in OT at home earlier this season and it’s hard to imagine that the Bears will be able to put up much of a fight on the road as they come into this game with just a 2-10 record in away games. East Tennessee State is solid on both ends of the court and as I think their offense will be able to have success against the Mercer defense, I’m taking the Buccaneers to cover this double-digit home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
East Tennessee State Buccaneers -11

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