East Tennessee State Buccaneers visit Mercer Bears in college basketball clash
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs Mercer Bears Odds
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Bears in Mercer at Mercer University Center on Thursday in college basketball action.
The Bears sport records of 10-8 and 0-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Buccaneers have 4-13 and 1-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-0 for the Bears and 1-2 for the Buccaneers.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 177-ranked Bears and the No. 332-rated Buccaneers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-51 win for the Bears on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Mercer's No. 278-rated squad against East Tennessee State's No. 317-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Mercer rates No. 103 in the country with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 169 nationally with 6.2 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, East Tennessee State owns the country's No. 116-rated mark, allowing 67.1 points per game on the highway. Mercer, on the other hand, rates No. 293 in scoring at home.
Last time out for East Tennessee State, they were an 85-75 winner as they battled Florida Gulf Coast at home. Lester Wilson scored 21 points leading the Buccaneers to an 85-75 victory over Florida Gulf Coast at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on Saturday.
Mercer lost its last outing, a 49-47 result against Jacksonville on January 12. Mercer suffered a 49-47 loss against Jacksonville on Saturday, getting 11 points from Langston Hall in a losing effort at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
East Tennessee State at Kennesaw State, Saturday, January 19
Mercer home to USC Upstate, Saturday, January 19