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NCAA hoops odds preview - Mercer vs. East Tennessee State

Mercer BearsEast Tennessee State Buccaneers
Jan 7, 4:00 PM | ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center

Mercer Bears vs East Tennessee State Buccaneers Odds

11-6TEAM RECORD6-7

The Buccaneers will be trying to slam the Mercer Bears on Saturday when the teams tip off at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center in college betting action.

The Buccaneers are 6-7 so far on the season, and 0-0 ATS vs. the number. The Bears, meanwhile, are 11-6 and 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen East Tennessee State go 0-0 and the Bears go 0-3 on the totals.

View Mercer vs East Tennessee State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Buccaneers at No. 118 and the Bears at No. 79 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 73-71 result in favor of the Bears.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bears rank No. 153 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.6 per game. That compares with East Tennessee State’s No. 154 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where East Tennessee State is college basketball's No. 309-ranked team at 4.5 per game, while the Bears rate No. 125 with 6.7 per game.

Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 140-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. East Tennessee State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 32 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Mercer was a 75-59 winner at home against Stetson. Mercer got 16 points from Bud Thomas en route to a 75-59 victory over Stetson on Wednesday at Mercer University Center.

East Tennessee State was an 88-73 winner in its last match at home against USC Upstate. Sheldon Cooley scored 20 points leading the Buccaneers to an 88-73 victory over USC Upstate at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on Wednesday.

Next up:
Mercer at USC Upstate, Monday, January 9
East Tennessee State home to Kennesaw State, Monday, January 9

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