North Carolina Greensboro vs. Mercer - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer at North Carolina Greensboro
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM (Greensboro Coliseum)
UNC Greensboro Spartans -9 -- Over/Under: 138
The Mercer Bears will travel to Greensboro Coliseum to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Mercer Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-12 (3-5 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 88-68, this past Thursday. Mercer had no trouble putting up points early in this one and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 52-31 halftime lead. Mercer shot 56.1% from the field and 52.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Ross Cummings who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Mercer is averaging 75.1 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ross Cummings (18.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jaylen Stowe (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Djordje Dimitrijevic (11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Ethan Stair (10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.1 spg).
Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 4th consecutive game and improved to 18-3 (7-1 Southern) on the season after defeating The Citadel Bulldogs, 83-60, this past Thursday. UNC Greensboro’s defense was outstanding against the top scoring offense of College Basketball and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 58-28 lead with 14:01 left in regulation. UNC Greensboro shot 46.2% from the field while holding the Bulldogs to just 39.3% from the field & 31.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was James Dickey who had a double-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (17.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Isaiah Miller (14.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.8 spg), Kyrin Galloway (10.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), and James Dickey (7.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.2 bpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 6.2.
The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games vs. Southern opponents. The Spartans are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win, however, are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Mercer has won 3 of their last 5 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 143rd in scoring offense, 85th in FG%, and 157th in scoring defense. UNC Greensboro has won 11 of their last 12 games and comes into this game ranked 82nd in scoring offense & 47th in scoring defense.
UNC Greensboro is one of the best teams in the Southern Conference however, Mercer is a solid team in their own right and is certainly a team that the Spartans shouldn’t overlook. Mercer’s defense is good enough to give the UNC Greensboro offense some trouble and as Mercer seems to always play their best against better competition, I’m taking the Bears and the points in this one.