Wofford Terriers at Mercer Bears Free Prediction 02/29/20

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The Mercer Bears (16-14, 10-7 SoCon) welcome the Wofford Terriers (16-14, 8-9 SoCon) to Hawkins Arena as the regular season comes to an end. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Wofford Terriers vs. Mercer Bears ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Bears beat the Citadel Bulldogs, 73-57, while the Terriers fell to the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 60-54.

The Bears had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 40.5 (above their season average of 30.8) and held the Bulldogs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.385 (below their season average of 0.516). Wofford, meanwhile, held East Tennessee State to an effective field goal percentage of 0.491 (below their season average of 0.541). Mercer received a boost from Ethan Stair, who contributed 14 points and 23 rebounds. Meanwhile, Messiah Jones played a key role for Wofford with 19 points and five rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Maciej Bender led the Bears to a 70-68 victory. He scored a game-high 18 points. Mercer’s 0.278 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Wofford, who had a rate of 0.230.

The elite offense of Mercer (95th in the NCAA with an effective field goal percentage 0.517) will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of Wofford (264th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.509). The Bears figure to have the edge on that end of the court.

Wofford Terriers vs. Mercer Bears Free Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Mercer, ATS Winner – Mercer, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Wofford ranks 18th in three pointers attempted per game (27.6) while Mercer ranks 214th in three pointers allowed per game (23.2).
  • The Terriers rank 166th in steals per game (5.8) while the Bears rank 186th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
  • Wofford is 20th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Mercer is 32nd with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
  • The Bears rank 98th in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Terriers rank 278th (31.1).
  • Mercer ranks 55th in assists per game (14.5) while Wofford ranks 139th in assists allowed per game (12.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Terriers have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (4.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (3.5 above their season average).
  • The Bears’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 1.6 for the season.