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Mercer vs. UNC Wilmington - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (4-8) at Mercer Bears (4-7)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Mercer Bears -7 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | UNC Wilmington Seahawks (4-8) at Mercer Bears (4-7)
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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks and Mercer Bears meet Friday in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are averaging 74.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 83.1 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Jeantal Cylla is averaging 13.6 points and one assist while Devontae Cacok is averaging 13.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. Ty Gadsden is dishing two assists and Jaylen Fornes is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks have lost all four road games this season. 

The Mercer Bears also need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mercer Bears are averaging 69.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Ross Cummings is averaging 13.9 points and 1.6 assists while Jaylen Stowe is averaging 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Djordje Dimitrijevic is the third double-digit scorer and Ethan Stair is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have won four of their last five home games.

TheSeahawks are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games. The Bears are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The over is 15-6-1 in Bears last 22 non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in Seahawks last 5 road games.

Both of these teams are in full struggle mode at the moment, but the Mercer Bears are outscoring teams by 13.3 points at home while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks have been getting blasted on the road this season, which includes being otuscored by 22.5 points and allowing 93.2 points per game. Clearly not all four-game losing streaks are the same. I have to side with the Mercer Bears here given how awful UNC Wilmington is on the road.

Pick:
Mercer Bears -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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