Wofford Terriers vs Mercer Bears Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wofford Terriers vs Mercer Bears
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Hawkins Arena in Macon, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Wofford (+3.5)
The Mercer Bears (7-1) play the Wofford Terriers (3-3) at Hawkins Arena on Tuesday. Mercer opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The total opens at 146.
Wofford will take the court with a mark of 3-3 for the year. They have an average of 77.8 pts per contest (96th in college basketball) while going 48.4% from the floor. The Terriers are shooting 35.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (66 of 187) and 57.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Wofford is pulling in 40.0 rebounds per game and has totaled 97 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 156th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.2 personal fouls per contest. On defense, the Terriers are forcing 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.7 fouls. The Terriers are allowing a shooting percentage of 40.0% (130 of 325) and they concede 29.3 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 44th in D-1 in allowing assists with 55 conceded this season. They surrender 28.5% from 3-point land while they are 35th in D-1 in points per game allowed (61.3).
The Wofford Terriers faced off with the Texas A&M Aggies and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 70-52 in their last game. Wofford ended the game having earned a 40.0% FG percentage (18 out of 45) and made 12 of 34 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Terriers converted 4 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 21.1%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned 28 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 16 assists for this contest while getting 6 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to the defense, Wofford let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the field on 18 of 45 shooting. Texas A&M recorded 10 assists and had 7 steals for the game. In addition, the Aggies collected 31 boards (10 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Texas A&M walked away from this one shooting 65.7% when shooting free throws by making 23 of 35 shots. They also knocked down 3 out of their 11 attempts from 3-point range.
Max Klesmit is someone who was a factor for the game. He ended up walking away with 14 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 22 mins and also totaled 2 boards. Klesmit finished 45.5% from the field but finished the game without a dime. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Terriers was Tray Hollowell. He snagged 3 boards and collected 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 20.0% from the floor in the game via 2-of-10 (7 points). Overall, Hollowell played 34 minutes.
Mercer has a win-loss record of 7-1 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Bears are hitting on 49.2% from the field, which ranks 65th in the country. Mercer has tallied 671 pts this year (83.9 per game) and they pull in 40.5 boards per game. They are getting an assist 19.1 times per game (22nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Bears commit 16.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 68.7% from the free throw line. The Bears defensively are ranked 206th in college basketball in PPG given up with 71.4. The Mercer defense concedes 31.5% on shots from 3-point land (53 of 168) and their opponents are making 67.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 11.9 dimes and 32.9 boards per game, which is 125th and 95th in the country. They are forcing 12.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.3% from the floor (179th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Mercer Bears got the victory with a final of 81-71 when they played the Kennesaw State Owls. The Bears were able to pull down 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup. They also turned away 4 shots while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Owls were called for 19 fouls for the matchup which took the Bears to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a clip of 80.0%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Mercer made 5 of 19 attempts (26.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bears shot 30 out of 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4%. The Bears permitted the Owls to make 24 of their 58 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.4% for this game. They finished shooting 31.3% from beyond the arc by going 5 out of 16 and ended up going 18 out of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). In regard to team rebounding, Mercer allowed Kennesaw State to snag 31 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Ross Cummings ended up being important for the Bears for the game. He made 5 of 12 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which gave him 15 points. Cummings collected 4 rebounds in his 36 minutes played and accounted for 2 dimes for this contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Mercer was Felipe Haase. He was able to score 11 points in his 33 minutes played by way of 4 out of 7 from the floor for the contest. Haase ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor while also earning 5 dimes and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Wofford (+3.5)
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