Looking to win big? The Bears and Buccaneers face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Buccaneers are hosting the game at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN. The over/under for this Southern conference contest is set at 135.5 points, with the Buccaneers being the favored team playing at home against the Bears.
MERCER BEARS VS EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -5
This game will be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Buccaneers.
- Not only will East Tennessee State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.
Do the Bears Have What it Takes in Johnson City?
Mercer comes into this game with a record of 7-6, having played 13 games. The Bears have gone 2-4 on the road and 3-1 at home. At the moment, Mercer has a winning record against the spread, sitting at 5-4-1. In their last five games, they are a perfect 3-0 vs. the spread.
Mercer comes in with an over/under record of 6-4-0 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.1 points per game so far. The Bears have an over/under record of 0-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 148 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the Mercer offense ended with 84 points against Queens (NC). They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 53.8% and made 8 threes. Leading Mercer in scoring vs. Queens (NC) was Jalyn McCreary with his 30 points. Jalen Cobb also added 14 points for the Bears.
Currently, the Bears’ defense holds the 126th rank in the nation, allowing 70.2 points per game. In their previous game vs. Queens (NC), the Royals finished with a field goal percentage of 53% and a total of 65 points vs. Mercer.
Will the Buccaneers Find a Way to Win at Home?
When they take on Mercer, the Mercer Bears come into the game with a record of 8-5. The Buccaneers have gone 2-5 on the road this season, while they are undefeated at home with a 4-0 record. East Tennessee State has a winning record against the spread, currently sitting at 6-5. In their last five games, they are 3-1 vs. the spread.
East Tennessee State’s games have, on average, featured 140.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 6-5-0. Their average over/under line is currently 140 points so far. The Buccaneers’ have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 142 points per game.
Coming off their recent game, the East Tennessee State offense tallied 86 points in a matchup against East Carolina. Their field goal percentage for the game was 47.5%, and they made 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Ebby Asamoah, who is averaging 15.5 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jaden Seymour also maintains a PPG average of 14.2 heading into game.
In the current season, the East Tennessee State defense has excelled, sitting 84th in the nation by allowing 67.7 points per game. So far, the East Tennessee State defense is giving up an average of 8.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.7 times per game (526th).