UNCW Seahawks vs. Mercer Bears Free Prediction 12/21/18

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The Mercer Bears (4-7) will be at home in Hawkins Arena when they clash with the UNCW Seahawks (4-8). Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018.

UNCW Seahawks at Mercer Bears Betting Odds

Both teams fell in their last outing. The Bears fell to the UAB Blazers, 75-67, while the Seahawks were defeated by the Campbell Fighting Camels, 97-93.

UNCW had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 vs. 22.0) while Mercer had a better turnover percentage (20.5 vs. 20.6). Mercer was lifted by Djordje Dimitrijevic, who contributed 19 points. Ty Taylor, meanwhile had a solid performance for UNCW, putting up 29 points and eight rebounds.

Devontae Cacok has been playing at a high level as of late for UNCW, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

The offensive glass could be a solid advantage for Mercer in this contest. The Bears rank 71st in offensive rebounding percentage (32.8 percent), while UNCW ranks 211th in defensive rebounding percentage (70.9 percent). Ball security could be troublesome for the Seahawks. They rank 331st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 23.0 percent), while the Bears force the 50th-most turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.6 percent).

UNCW Seahawks at Mercer Bears Odds Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Mercer, ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • UNCW ranks 109th in three pointers attempted per game (23.4) while Mercer ranks 248th in three pointers allowed per game (27.5).
  • The Bears average 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 80th in the country. The Seahawks rank 171st in steals allowed per game (8.7).
  • UNCW averages 37.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 89th in the country. Mercer ranks 133rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 77.8 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 58.2 points per game (9.2 below their season average).
  • The Seahawks have outscored opponents by an average of 3.0 points in their last five games. On the season, UNCW has been defeated by an average of 5.0 points.