Mercer Bears vs Georgia State Panthers Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mercer Bears vs Georgia State Panthers
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Mercer (+6)
The Georgia State Panthers (3-1) play the Mercer Bears (6-0) at GSU Sports Arena on Wednesday. Georgia State opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The over/under opens at 154.
Mercer steps onto the court with a record of 6-0 this season. They are averaging 84.8 points per game (42nd in D-1) while hitting 50.1% from the field. The Bears are hitting 42.6% on three-point shots (66 of 155) and 67.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Mercer is snagging 42.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 121 assists for the campaign, which is 8th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 15.3 times per game and as a team are committing 15.5 fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Bears are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 16.5 fouls. The Bears defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.0% (154 of 376) and they surrender 32.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 203rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 68 conceded this season. They are giving up 31.8% on 3-point shots and they are 158th in the nation in PPG allowed (68.7).
The Mercer Bears played the Georgia Southern Eagles and earned the victory with a final of 77-75 in their last contest. Mercer finished having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (28 out of 56) and converted 12 of 29 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bears buried 9 of 18 tries for a rate of 50.0%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 34 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 17 assists for this contest as well as getting 8 steals and 5 rejections. In regard to defense, Mercer allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the field on 28 of 56. Georgia Southern distributed 8 assists and 16 steals in this game. In addition, the Eagles snagged 37 rebounds (15 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Georgia Southern went 78.9% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 19 tries. They also knocked down 2 out of their 13 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Ross Cummings is a guy who saw a lot of action in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Cummings finished the contest at 54.5% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Bears was Felipe Haase. He collected 16 boards and had 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the field for the matchup via 5-of-7 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Haase played 34 min.
Georgia State has a record of 3-1 so far this year. The Panthers are committing 21.8 fouls per game and they connect on 60.9% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 16.3 times per contest (71st in D-1) and they cough up possession 12.5 times per contest. Georgia State has totaled 373 points for the season (93.3 per contest) and they pull in 44.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Panthers are connecting on 46.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 142nd in college basketball. The Panthers on defense are ranked 296th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 82.8. The Georgia State defense gives up 32.1% on three-point shots (35 of 109) and opponents are making 66.1% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 13.0 assists and 46.5 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 183rd and 318th in college basketball. They are able to force 17.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.1% from the field (73rd in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Georgia State Panthers got the win with a final of 76-65 against the Charlotte 49ers. The Panthers corralled 27 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for the game. They also blocked 5 tries while getting 11 steals in the matchup. The 49ers earned 21 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Panthers to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 17 of them for a rate of 70.8%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Georgia State converted 11 of their 29 tries (37.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Panthers shot 24 for 60 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Panthers allowed the 49ers to convert 20 out of their 51 tries from the field which had them shooting 39.2% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 31.6% from 3-point land via 6 out of 19 and finished the game at 19 of 27 at the charity stripe (70.4%). Concerning rebounds, Georgia State allowed Charlotte to get 34 in total (8 offensive).
Corey Allen saw the court a lot for the Panthers for the matchup. He made 5 of 12 for this contest for a field goal rate of 41.7%, which earned him 14 points. Allen grabbed 6 boards in his 30 mins and accumulated 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Georgia State was Kane Williams. He notched 18 points in his 29 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 11 shooting for this contest. Williams ended up shooting 36.4% from the field as well as collecting 4 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mercer (+6)
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