Western Carolina Catamounts vs Mercer Bears 3-4-22

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Mercer Bears 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Mercer Bears 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Western Carolina Catamounts (11-20) will battle against the Mercer Bears (15-16) in round 1 of the Southern Conference Tournament at Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 7:30 PM ET.

 

Western Carolina ended the regular season with a nine-point victory over VMI and an 11-20 overall standing that qualified the team in the Southern Conference Tournament on Friday night.

 

The Catamounts made a 2-3 run in their last five with victory over Mercer on February 19 including their closing game against the VMI Keydets at 82-73 on February 26. Western Carolina took the last place at 5-13 in the Southern Conference with an 11-20 overall standing and a 2-14 record away from home on the season.

 

The Catamounts shocked the Keydets with a 43-28 halftime lead cruising to their nine-point triumph at 82-73. Forward Marlow Gilmore nailed a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds in leading the offense for Western Carolina.

 

The Catamounts’ offense averages 77.7 PPG with an average of 41.0 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 2 blocks, and 6.3 steals per match but their defense gave up an average scoring of 84.3 PPG.

 

Senior Guard Nicholas Robinson (6’6”) powered the offense for WCU with an average of 17.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, .3 blocks, and .3 steals per outing. Junior Guard Vonterius Woolbright (6’5”) chipped in an average of 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals for the Catamounts.  

 

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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Mercer Bears Predictions 3/4/2022

 

The Mercer Bears are on a three game losing skid and lessened their overall standing to one game below .500 mark. The Bears concluded the regular season with three successive losses to WCU in their first meeting on February 19, Citadel, and the Wofford Terriers.

 

Mercer dropped to 7th place at 8-10 in the Southern Conference with an overall standing at 15-16 and a home record at 10-4 on the year.

 

The Bears ended up leading the first half with a 34-25 score against the Terriers but failed to hold on after allowing a 49-33 lead by Wofford after the break on the eventual 67-74 defeat on February 26. Guard Kamar Robertson scored 18 points while Forward Felipe Haase added 15 in leading Mercer.

 

The Bears recorded an average scoring of 74.7 PPG with 36 rebounds, 17.3 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 10 steals per contest while their defense gave up an average of 70.7 PPG to their rivals. Senior Forward Felipe Haase (6’9”) nailed an average scoring of 19.7 points with 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 2.7 steals per match while Junior Guard Neftali Alvarez (6’2”) contributed an average of 17.7 PPG with 5.3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal per game.

 

Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Mercer Bears. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Mercer -5.5. On the offense, both teams are more likely to have a balanced match but the Bears have a tougher defense after holding their opponents to just 70.7 PPG than the Catamounts that allowed 84.3 PPG.

 

Mercer got the edge in eliminating WCU in the opener of the Southern Conference Tournament on Friday night. Prediction: The Mercer Bears will win at 74-67.  

 

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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Mercer Bears 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET

 

Location: Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC

 

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Mercer Bears -5.5    

     

NCAAB Totals: 142

 

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