Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Up Next: Mercer

Mercer (7-8, 0-2 SoCon) at Western Carolina (6-9, 2-1 SoCon)

Date/Location: Wednesday, Jan. 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Cullowhee, NC | Ramsey Center
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Gary Ayers
TV/Video: ESPN3
- Talent: Daniel Hooker (PxP) and Jeff Bryson (Analyst)

Western Carolina Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Series: The Cats are 7-6 all-time vs. Mercer, 4-2 since the Bears joined the SoCon, and are 3-2 in games played in the Ramsey Center. However, the Cats have dropped the last two games played to the Bears.

Mercer comes into the Ramsey center riding a two-game loss, but those two losses are against two of the top teams in the SoCon, ETSU, and Furman.  The Bears are 7-8 overall this season and 0-2 in the SoCon and just 1-5 in road games.

The Bears are scoring an average of 78.5 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 69.2 points. Mercer is hitting 48.2% of their field goals, including 42.4% of shots from the three-point arc (9.3 ppg), and has a team average of 74.2% at the free throw line. Statistically, in the SoCon, the Bears rank first in rebounding defense (29.6), second in rebounding margin (+4.5), second in field goal% (48.2%), second in 3-pt. field goal% (42.4%) – 7th in NCAA, and second in free throw% (74.2%).

This will be a tough game for the Cats.


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