The No. 1 seed Merrimack Warriors (16-16, 12-4 NEC) play the No. 4 seed Sacred Heart Pioneers (16-16, 8-8 NEC) in the NEC Tournament Saturday at Hammel Court, starting at 6:00 PM. Both teams will attempt to get one step closer to earning an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.
Saturday’s game between the Warriors and the Pioneers sees the Warriors as 4.5-point favorites. The matchup has an over/under of 132.5.
Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart Odds
Point Spread for Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart
The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Merrimack as the favorite.
Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Merrimack has -200 odds to pick up the win, while Sacred Heart is listed at +167 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 132.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: SNY
- Location: North Andover, Massachusetts
- Arena: Hammel Court
Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart Betting Trends
Against the spread, Merrimack is 14-16-0 this season. The Warriors have come away with 10 wins in the 14 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Merrimack has hit the over in 32.3% of its opportunities this year (10 times over 31 games with a set point total).
Against the spread, Sacred Heart is 14-17-0 this year. The Pioneers have gone 5-8 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 38.5% of those games). Sacred Heart’s games this season have gone over the point total 12 times in 31 opportunities (38.7%).
Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart Key Players to Watch
Jordan Minor averages 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also putting up 2.3 assists, shooting 51.5% from the field. Ziggy Reid puts up 13.9 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, shooting 43.8% from the floor and 35.1% from downtown with 1.7 made 3-pointers per game. Javon Bennett paces the Warriors at 3.3 assists per contest, while also averaging 1.8 rebounds and 9.3 points. Jordan Derkack puts up 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 47.2% from the floor.
Nico Galette is No. 1 on the Pioneers in scoring (15.4 points per game), and produces 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He also delivers 1.7 steals and 1 block. Bryce Johnson is posting a team-leading 8.1 rebounds per contest. And he is contributing 10 points and 1.9 assists, making 49.6% of his shots from the floor. Joey Reilly is posting 11.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, making 46.5% of his shots from the field and 40.1% from 3-point range, with 1.9 treys per contest. Raheem Solomon is putting up 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game, making 37.8% of his shots from the field and 30.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.4 triples per game.
What you need to know about the Merrimack Warriors
Merrimack has won 11 games against the spread in conference action this season, while failing to cover six times. The Warriors have been forced to rely on their defense, which ranks 21st-best in the country (62.3 points allowed per game), as they rank seventh-worst in college basketball offensively with only 62.2 points per contest. Merrimack has been falling short in terms of rebounding this season, ranking -4-worst in the nation in boards per game (26) and 14th-worst in rebounds allowed per game (34.6).
The Warriors put up 64.4 points per game when playing at home, compared to 60.9 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 3.5 points per contest. Merrimack ranks 175th in the nation with 7.5 three-pointers per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 262nd with a 32.7% shooting percentage from downtown. The Warriors rank 25th-best in the nation by ceding 5.8 three-pointers per game. In terms of three-point percentage allowed, they rank 60th in college basketball at 31.6%.
The Warriors have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 9-1 overall in their last 10 contests. Seven of Merrimack’s last 10 games have gone over the total. On offense, Merrimack has picked up its production quite a bit over its last 10 games, scoring 72.3 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 62.2 it has put up over the course of this season. The last 10 games have seen Merrimack give up 0.6 fewer points per game (61.7) than its season-long average (62.3).
What you need to know about the Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart and its opponents have combined to go over the point total six out of 17 times this year in NEC play. On offense the Pioneers are the 192nd-ranked team in the country (71 points per game). Defensively they are 217th (71.3 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Sacred Heart is 183rd in the nation in rebounds (31.6 per game) and 24th-worst in rebounds conceded (34.1).
The Pioneers average 71.9 points per game at home, and 70.2 away. Beyond the arc, Sacred Heart is 222nd in the country in 3-pointers made per game (7). It is 323rd in 3-point percentage at 31.5%. The Pioneers are 206th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (7.4 per game) and 169th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.6%).
The Pioneers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. Sacred Heart has hit the over in four of its past 10 outings. While Sacred Heart is putting up 71 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark over its previous 10 games, producing 71.8 a contest. While the Pioneers are allowing 71.3 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark over their past 10 games, allowing 70 points per contest.
Merrimack vs. Sacred Heart Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this game is Merrimack, and we expect that Merrimack will cover the spread (Merrimack -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.
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