Our official Mercer Bears vs. Tennessee Volunteers pick is here at Cappers Info, as two great teams get set to square off on the college basketball odds. Join us for all of the great NCAA basketball predictions for what should be another great game on the college basketball schedule tonight!
Round 1 NIT Picks: #7 Mercer Bears @ #2 Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 8:00 ET
Location: Thompson Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
Mercer vs. Tennessee Live TV: ESPNU
Round 1 Betting Lines
#7 Mercer Bears +9
#2 Tennessee Volunteers -9
We see this all the time in the NIT. One team clearly wants to be here and looks at it as an honor to be able to go up against some of the big boys in the country. One team clearly has no interest. We’re not saying that the Vols are going to be as disinterested as the Kentucky Wildcats clearly were yesterday, but the SEC really doesn’t have a fantastic history in this tournament. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, and programs like that of South Carolina have been great, but aside from that… not so much. Mercer has a great defensive team that is holding foes down to just 58.2 points per game this season. We have seen the Volunteers struggle so badly on the offensive side of the court at times. There were several games this year where even getting to 50 seemed like a chore. We just don’t know how excited UT is going to be to be here in the NIT, whereas we know that G Travis Smith and F Jakob Gollon are going to be looking at this as a great opportunity to put the Bears on the map. Go with Mercer and the points, and don’t be all that shocked if this game ends in an upset.
Mercer vs. Tennessee Pick: Mercer Bears +9
Round 1 NIT Predictions: Mercer 63 – Tennessee 60