Mercer vs Western Carolina: College Basketball Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – January 16, 2021

Posted By Staff on January 16, 2021

The Mercer Bears (6-4) are favored (-6) to stop a four-game losing streak when they host the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-2) at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Hawkins Arena. The game airs on ESPN+. The matchup has a point total of 157.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of January 16, 2021, 2:17 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Betting Odds

Mercer Betting Information

  • Mercer has managed to cover the spread in less than half its games this season, playing to a record of 3-4 against the spread.
  • The Bears and their opponents have hit the over in 6 of 7 games this season (85.7%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Mercer Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Ross Cummings 11 17.1 3.5 2.1 0.6 0.3 3.5
Felipe Haase 11 12.7 9.5 3.7 0.9 0.3 1.6
Neftali Alvarez 9 12.7 3.7 5.4 1.3 0.2 1.0
Leon Ayers III 11 11.8 4.8 1.9 1.2 0.3 0.9
Maciej Bender 11 11.7 4.5 0.5 0.5 1.8 0.0

Western Carolina Betting Information

  • With a 2-5 record ATS, Western Carolina has not consistently covered the spread this season.
  • For the fourth time this season, the Catamounts are at least a 6-point underdog, where they have a record of 0-3 against the spread.
  • Western Carolina and its opponents have often covered the total points bet this season, doing so in 85.7% (6) of its seven games played.
  • The Catamounts took down Charleston (SC) 76-70 in their last contest on Friday. Cory Hightower racked up a team-high 17 points to lead the team to the victory. They covered the spread as 2.5-point underdogs, and the teams combined to go over the 143 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Western Carolina Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Matt Halvorsen 10 16.0 2.6 1.4 0.7 0.0 3.9
Mason Faulkner 8 16.0 5.9 4.3 1.3 0.0 1.8
Xavier Cork 10 15.1 6.6 2.2 0.5 2.3 0.0
Travion McCray 10 11.7 3.8 3.3 1.3 0.1 1.4
Tyler Harris 10 9.3 5.4 1.5 0.8 0.6 1.2

Total Facts

  • Mercer’s games this season have resulted in a higher total score than Saturday’s matchup over/under (157.5 points) in 40% of opportunities (four out of 10 matchups).
  • In 55.6% of Western Carolina’s games this season (5 of 9), the total points scored was more than Saturday’s 157.5-point over/under.
  • Together, the two teams combine for 165.5 points per game, 8.0 points more than the over/under of 157.5 for this matchup.
  • The 152.3 points per game these two teams allow their opponents to score on average this season are 5.2 fewer than the 157.5 over/under in this contest.
  • On average, the over/under in Bears games is 1.6 points fewer than the over/under of 157.5 points in this matchup.
  • The over/under for this matchup is 4.4 points fewer than the average over/under in Catamounts games this season (161.9 points).

Head to Head

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/7/2020 Western Carolina Neutral Court -1 152 -119 -104 Conference Tournament 70-56 W CAR
1/22/2020 Mercer Mercer -1.5 154 -129 +106 Regular Season 85-79 MERCER
1/11/2020 N/A Western Carolina N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 79-71 W CAR
2/14/2019 N/A Western Carolina N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 74-65 MERCER
1/10/2019 N/A Mercer N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 84-80 MERCER

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