Opponent Preview: Mercer

Mercer
Mercer

The Bucs will be visiting the Bears of Mercer (10-8) on Thursday at 7PM. ETSU comes in winners of 2 of their last 3, including a ten-point win against league leader Florida Gulf Coast this past Saturday. Mercer has dropped 2 of their last 3, but will be playing their first game at home since January 2nd where they are unbeaten this year.

The Bucs look to continue to stay on track Thursday night in Macon against pre-season favorite Mercer. ETSU will be tested against a tough Mercer team that usually plays well at home. Mercer has won their lone conference home game this year against Stetson (70 – 64). While ETSU is 1-1 on the road in A-Sun conference games this season.

Versus ETSU:  ETSU leads series 12-3.  Last meeting ETSU 46 – VCU 54 in Macon, GA (2012)

Last Season 27-11
Conference Record 13-5 (2nd)
Coach Bob Hoffman (Oklahoma Baptist ’79)
Record At School 95–77 (5 years)
Career Record 163–154 (10 years)

A Quick Look at Mercer

Mercer the preseason favorites in the A-Sun this season is lead by Senior guard Travis Smith averaging 12 points per game. They are an experienced team led by several upperclassmen and one of the better defensive teams in the league allowing on 57 points per game. Mercer expects to be a tough outing for the Bucs despite being only 10-8 so far this season. The Bears have two big non-conference victories with wins both at Alabama and Florida State earlier in the season.

A Quick Look at ETSU

ETSU is coming off perhaps their biggest win of the season on Saturday night when they beat league leader Florida Gulf Coast 85-75 in Johnson City. The Bucs hope to continue their strong play against Mercer. ETSU’s 85 points in Saturday’s win is the second most of the season and their 52% shooting percentage was also the second highest shooting percentage of the season.

Team Stats

Scoring Offense: ETSU 58.9, Mercer 61.2
Scoring Defense: ETSU 69.6 points allowed, Mercer 56.9
Field Goal%: ETSU 39.3%, Mercer 40.6%
Field Goal% Defense: ETSU 45%, Mercer 39.8%
3-Point Field Goal%: ETSU 30.3%, Mercer 33.3%
3-Point Field Goal% Defense: ETSU 36.9%, Mercer 33.4%
Rebounding Margin: ETSU -4.8, Mercer +0.1
Turnover Margin: ETSU +0.4, Mercer +2.1

For ETSU to Win they will need to shoot well from the field. ETSU is 4-1 this year in games where they have shot over 43% from the field. In addition to shooting well the Bucs will also need to control the boards and have a strong defensive effort, especially from the 3-point line.

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