The Merrimack Warriors (16-9, 10-2 NEC) will be at Peter Aquilone Court to meet the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (11-13, 5-7 NEC) in a NEC matchup. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Merrimack Warriors vs. St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Betting Odds
In their last outing, the Terriers barely escaped the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, 70-67, while the Warriors lost a tough one against the LIU Sharks, 67-64.
The Terriers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.474, had a mark of 0.544 and had a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 15.8). Merrimack, on the other hand, forced LIU into a turnover percentage of 24.2 (above their season average of 17.3). Unique McLean had a good outing for St. Francis Brooklyn with 21 points. Jaleel Lord led the way for Merrimack, contributing 17 points.
In their first matchup this season, Juvaris Hayes led the Warriors to a 61-50 win. He recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Merrimack’s 0.462 effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over St. Francis Brooklyn, who had a mark of 0.353.
The offense of St. Francis Brooklyn (246th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 99.2) will battle against the stingy defense of Merrimack (36th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 92.9). The Warriors should have the edge on that side of the ball.
Merrimack Warriors at St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Odds Pick
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – St. Francis Brooklyn, ATS Winner – St. Francis Brooklyn, O/U – Under
- St. Francis Brooklyn ranks 130th in rebounds per game (35.9) while Merrimack ranks 294th (29.2).
- The Warriors allow the sixth-fewest three pointers per game (15.8) while the Terriers rank 38th (18.7).
- The Warriors rank third in steals per game (10.2) while the Terriers rank 129th (6.3).
- St. Francis Brooklyn ranks 47th in blocks per game (4.3) while Merrimack ranks 149th (2.8).
- The Terriers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.2, up from 1.5 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 60.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).