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Western Carolina vs. Mercer - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Mercer at Western Carolina
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ramsey Center
Cullowhee, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Western Carolina +5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Mercer at Western Carolina
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The Mercer Bears and Western Carolina Catamounts meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Ramsey Center.

The Mercer Bears could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mercer Bears are averaging 71.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Ross Cummings is averaging 16.9 points and 1.9 assists while Ethan Stair is averaging 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. Djordje Dimitrijevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Stowe is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.1 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Western Carolina Catamounts need a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 69.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.5 points on 49 percent shooting. Kameron Gibson is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 rebounds while Carlos Dotson is averaging 13.3 points and 1.6 assists. Matt Halvorsen is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing two assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost five of their last six home games.

The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Catamounts are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southern, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 12-3 in Bears last 15 overall. The under is 6-2 in Catamounts last 8 home games.

Both of these teams obviously have issues in their own right, but it's Mercer who is the better basketball team overall and already beat Western Carolina this year. The Western Carolina Catamounts enter this contest losing by an average of 14 points in their last five games and allowing 51.6 percent shooting. At home this season, Western Carolina is losing by an average of 8.1 points. The Mercer Bears aren't playing winning basketball, but they've been a lot more competitive in their losses and are somewhat respectable defensively. If forced to pick this blah college basketball game, I'm laying the reasonable chalk with the Mercer Bears.

Pick:
Mercer -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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