NEC foes will battle when the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (11-13, 5-7 NEC) go head-to-head with the Merrimack Warriors (16-9, 10-2 NEC) at Peter Aquilone Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Merrimack Warriors at St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers ATS Preview
In the Warriors’ last outing, they lost a tough one against the LIU Sharks, 67-64. With 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Jaleel Lord was Merrimack’s leading scorer. LIU did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (19-27; 70.4 percent). Merrimack, meanwhile, forced the Sharks into a turnover percentage of 24.2 (above their season average of 17.3).
The Terriers will look to maintain momentum after just getting past the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers in their last outing, 70-67. St. Francis Brooklyn was lifted by Unique McLean, who was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting. The Terriers had an effective field goal percentage of 0.544 (above their season average of 0.474) and had a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 15.8).
The offense of St. Francis Brooklyn will go head-to-head against the top-notch defense of Merrimack. The Terriers rank 246th in offensive efficiency, while the Warriors are 36th in defensive efficiency. The Warriors figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Warriors won 61-50. The Warriors dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.462 and a turnover percentage of 22.4. The Terriers were 0.353 and 27.3, respectively, for those same stats. Juvaris Hayes recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Merrimack Warriors at St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – St. Francis Brooklyn, ATS Winner – St. Francis Brooklyn, O/U – Under
St. Francis Brooklyn ranks 47th in blocks per game (4.3) while Merrimack ranks 149th (2.8).
The Terriers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.2, up from 1.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 60.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).