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Mercer vs. North Carolina Greensboro - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina Greensboro at Mercer
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
Hawkings Arena
Macon, GA
The Line
Mercer Bears +3 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The UNC Greensboro Spartans will travel to Hawkins Arena to take on the Mercer Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 25-5 (14-3 Southern) on the season after defeating The Citadel Bulldogs, 100-96, this past Thursday. In a game that featured little to no defense, UNC Greensboro was able to fight back from a 65-49 2nd half deficit to secure the come from behind victory. UNC Greensboro shot 54.7% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Spartans was Isaiah Miller who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals.

On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 77.0 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (16.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Isaiah Miller (15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 3.0 spg), Kyrin Galloway (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Demetrius Troy (8.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 5.4.

The Mercer Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-18 (6-18 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the VMI Keydets, 84-71, this past Thursday. Mercer struggled defensively against VMI and couldn’t fight back after a 6-0 Keydets run gave VMI a 79-70 lead with 1:30 left in regulation. Mercer allowed VMI to shoot 50.0% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Ethan Stair who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Mercer is averaging 73.3 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ross Cummings (17.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Ethan Stair (11.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Jaylen Stowe (10.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Djordje Dimitrijevic (9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

UNC Greensboro has won 11 of their last 13 games and come into this match-up ranked 73rd in scoring offense, 84th in FG%, and 84th in defensive FG%.

Mercer has lost 6 of their last 9 games and has been nothing more than average on both ends of the court as they currently rank 158th in scoring offense, 134th in FG%, and T-192nd in scoring defense.

Mercer might be  9-5 at home this season, however, it’s been a disappointing year for the Bears which was recently highlighted by their loss to the 9-20 VMI Keydets. UNC Greensboro has been inconsistent at times this season, however, the Spartans have only really struggled agianst teams with solid defenses which I don’t put Mercer in that category. UNC Greensboro has won 5 of their last 6 games agianst Mercer and as the Spartans have an impressive 10-4 record on the road this season, I’m taking UNC Greensboro to cover this small road spread.

Pick:
UNC Greensboro Spartans -3

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