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Western Carolina vs. Mercer - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Carolina vs. Mercer
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hawkins Arena
Macon, Georgia
The Line
The Line: Mercer -12.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Western Carolina Catamounts and Mercer Bears meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena.

The Western Carolina Catamounts could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 67.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Carlos Dotson is averaging 13.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while Matt Halvorsen is averaging 12.3 points and 2.4 assists. Kameron Gibson is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing 1.8 assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost eight of their last nine road games.

The Mercer Bears could also use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 73.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Ross Cummings is averaging 14.9 points and 1.7 assists while Djordje Dimitrijevic is averaging 12.4 points and 2.7 rebounds. Jaylen Stowe is the third double-digit scorer and Ethan Stair is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have won five of their last six home games.

The Catamounts are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Southern. The Bears are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Southern and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. The over is 5-1 in Bears last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Catamounts last 5 overall.

Both of these clubs have clear issues they need to figure out, but Western Carolina is one of the worst teams in the country, as they're being outscored by 12.7 points on the season and 16.9 points on the road. The Mercer Bears see a drastic improvement offensively when they're at home, as they're shooting 48.9 percent from the field and outscoring teams by an average of 11 points. Assuming these trends hold up, the Mercer Bears should win this contest in a runaway. 

Pick:
Mercer Bears -12.5

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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