The FGCU Eagles (0-3) are off to a slow start and will try to pick up their first victory when they square off with the Mercer Bears (2-1) at Hawkins Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019.
FGCU Eagles at Mercer Bears Betting Preview
The Eagles were beaten by the Dartmouth Big Green in their last contest, 55-49. Zach Scott put together a good game for FGCU, leading both teams in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Dartmouth had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (21.1 vs. 14.3). FGCU, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.160 vs. 0.130).
In the Bears’ last game, they defeated the Kennesaw State Owls, 74-62. Djordje Dimitrijevic had a good outing for Mercer, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mercer played a perfect contest. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 and a free throw rate of 0.367. Kennesaw State was 0.358 and 0.317, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be an error-filled game for the FGCU offense. Dating back to last season, FGCU ranks 322nd in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.5 percent), while the gambling defense of Mercer has forced the 85th-most turnovers in the NCAA (20.5 percent).
FGCU vs. Mercer Free Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Mercer, ATS Winner – Mercer, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Eagles rank 116th in assists per game (13.9) while the Bears rank 199th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Mercer ranks 202nd in rebounds per game (34.7) while FGCU ranks 266th (33.4).
FGCU ranks 136th in three pointers attempted per game (22.9) while Mercer ranks 299th in three pointers allowed per game (26.4).
The Eagles rank 69th in blocks per game (4.1) while the Bears rank 195th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Mercer averages 6.7 steals per game, which ranks 104th in the nation. FGCU ranks 225th in steals allowed per game (6.9).