Mercer Bears vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mercer Bears vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Mercer (+14.5)
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-14 last year) host the Mercer Bears (17-15 last season) at McCamish Pavilion on Friday. Georgia Tech opens this game as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 143.
Mercer comes into this game after finishing with a win-loss record of 17-15 last year. The Bears connected on 35.9% on 3-pointers (246 of 686) and 72.2% from the charity stripe. They averaged 71.7 pts per game (158th in college basketball) while shooting 44.9% from the field. They turned it over 14.5 times per contest and as a unit committed 18.8 fouls every game. As a basketball team, Mercer grabbed 36.6 rebounds per contest and totaled 461 assists last season, which was 64th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. When they were on defense, the Bears forced 12.8 turnovers per game and they drew 15.9 personal fouls. They were 205th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 407 relinquished over the course of last year. The Bears allowed an opponent FG percentage of 43.2% (794 of 1,840) and they surrendered 32.3 boards per game as a squad. They conceded 32.1% on 3-pointers and they ranked 202nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (70.3).
The Mercer Bears stepped onto the hardwood against the North Georgia Nighthawks and notched a win by a score of 79-48 in their last game. Mercer finished the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (31 of 62) and buried 9 of their 25 3-point attempts. When shot from the charity stripe, the Bears buried 8 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 72.7%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned a total of 47 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 19 assists in this matchup while earning 6 steals and 3 blocked shots. In reference to defense, Mercer allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 31 of 62. North Georgia doled out 7 dimes and 7 steals in this game. In addition, the Nighthawks pulled down 27 rebounds (5 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 3 rejections. North Georgia ended up shooting 44.4% when shooting free throws by converting 4 of 9 tries. They also converted 4 of their 17 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Jeff Gary is one guy who was pivotal in the game. He notched 3 points on 1 of 4 shooting. He played for 30 minutes played and snagged 2 rebounds. Gary finished the contest at 25.0% from the floor and totaled 3 dimes. An additional guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this contest for the Bears was Ross Cummings. He grabbed 2 boards and also had 2 assists. He finished the contest at 60.0% from the field for the matchup by hitting 6-of-10 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Cummings was on the court for 27 min.
Georgia Tech had a mark of 17-14 last year. On the offensive side of the court, the Yellow Jackets shot 45.2% from the floor, which ranked them 97th in the nation. Georgia Tech had 2,126 pts last season (68.6 per game) and they collected 36.2 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists was at 13.7 times per contest (124th in the country) and they lost possession via turnover 16.2 times per game. The Yellow Jackets committed 19.1 fouls every game and they went 67.7% from the charity stripe. The Yellow Jackets defensively were ranked 94th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 66.4. They were able to force 13.8 TO's per game and let teams shoot 39.9% from the floor (33rd in the nation). The Georgia Tech defense gave up 28.5% on 3-point shots (168 of 590) and their opponents knocked down 71.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquished 12.0 dimes and 33.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which was ranked 129th and 118th in those defensive categories.
For their last game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 123-120 when they played the Georgia State Panthers. The Yellow Jackets were able to collect 36 defensive boards and 29 offensive rebounds totaling 65 for this game. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 12 steals for this contest. The Panthers committed 36 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Yellow Jackets to the free throw line for 59 tries. They were able to knock down 41 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 69.5%. With respect to 3-point shots, Georgia Tech made 7 of 33 attempts (21.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Yellow Jackets walked away from this one shooting 36 for 98 from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.7%. The Yellow Jackets allowed the Panthers to knock down 46 of their 95 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4% in this matchup. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 10 out of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 21 out of 38 at the charity stripe (55.3%). When talking about team rebounding, Georgia Tech allowed Georgia State to pull down 55 overall (20 offensive).
Jose Alvarado ended up being a major contributor for the Yellow Jackets in the game. He made 8 out of 24 for this game giving him a rate of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 29 points. Alvarado collected 10 rebounds in his 58 mins and earned 4 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Georgia Tech was Michael Devoe. He totaled 24 points in his 57 minutes played via 9 of 26 shooting for the matchup. Devoe finished going 34.6% from the field while earning 3 assists and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mercer (+14.5)
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