Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Bears vs Keydets CBB Odds
Looking for Mercer Bears vs. VMI Keydets NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Bears taking on the Keydets Thursday, February 28 2019 at Cameron Hall, Lexington, Virginia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Mercer VMI matchup.
11-17 (6-10 C) Mercer Bears vs. VMI Keydets 8-20 (2-14 C)
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Cameron Hall, Lexington, Virginia
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Mercer -5
CBB Betting Total: 153
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Tonight, VMI hosts Mercer as Southern Conference regular-season play unwinds.
When these teams met last on Jan. 24, a hot-shooting Mercer Bears squad cruised 88-68 over the visiting VMI Keydets.
That setback marked a downward trend for VMI as the Keydets have lost eight-of-nine since.
However, VMI shed its losing ways in the team’s most recent outing vs. Western Carolina. During that 83-78 road win Keydet guard Bubba Parham scored a career-best 38 points.
Keep an eye on Parham tonight as the sophomore standout has seven 30-plus point games this season.
Meanwhile, Mercer has won two-straight, both home games, and three-of-four.
The Bears used balanced scoring to outlast Chattanooga 83-79 on Saturday.
In that contest, junior Mercer guard Ross Cummings continued his strong play to lead all scorers with 37 points. Cummings has averaged 25 points during the Bears’ mini-win streak.
Just 2-11 away from home this season, Mercer’s Jan. blowout of VMI can’t be ignored. Behind efficient 56 percent shooting —including 52 percent 3PM— the Bears scored their second most lopsided win in 18-19’ vs. an overwhelmed VMI group.
Mercer standouts Ross Cummings (24), Ethan Stair (18), and Jaylen Stowe (17) delivered 49 points opposite a disheveled, turnover-prone VMI collective.
Mercer is led in scoring by 6’3 guard Ross Cummings (17.9).
As a team, Mercer averages 73.1 ppg & allows 71.5 — each pedestrian numbers.
As noted, the Bears’ Achilles heel is a 2-11 SU road record.
However, Mercer has split its last four away games with a recent 74-65 Feb. 14 win vs. Western Carolina.
As mentioned, the Keydets struggled in every conceivable facet Jan. 24 vs. Mercer: to cap a rough night, VMI shot just 41% overall, 33% from deep, and 56% FTM.
Further, against the Bears, team scoring-leader Bubba Parham was limited to pedestrian 6-of-16 shooting and 2-of-11 makes from distance. Garrett Gilkerson, VMI’s third-leading scorer commited four of his team’s 14 turnovers.
Parham (38 points), however, fared much better during a rare win Saturday on Western Carolina’s floor. VMI seeks home court retribution tonight to prevent a VMI season sweep.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Mercer is 3-2 SU in its last five games.
- VMI is 4-1 SU in its last five games.
- Mercer is 2-11 SU on the road this season.
- VMI is 6-7 SU at home this season.
- Mercer is 12-14 ATS this season.
- VMI is 13-12 ATS this season.
Free Mercer Bears vs. VMI Keydets NCAA Prediction:
This late-Feb. matchup has point spread and even a dash of straight up intrigue. While Mercer outclassed VMI from home, the Bears are an undeniably bad road team (2-11) and six of VMI’s nine total wins come as the host squad.
One wouldn’t expect a repeat of such poor shooting at home from a Keydet group averaging 75.1 ppg — and their porous defense 81.6 PPG Allowed (348th nationally) may hold enough to cover the spread.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Mercer Bears ATS
While beating the spread is possible for VMI, Mercer’s balance will prove too much straight up and the Bears will claim a third-straight win.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Mercer Bears – 83 VMI Keydets – 76
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