Northern Kentucky vs. Mercer: Full Game Preview

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Northern Kentucky vs. Mercer: Full Game Preview
Northern Kentucky
(9-14, 6-8 away)
Mercer
(19-9, 12-0 home)
Venue: University Center (GA)
4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Kentucky E Jones 15.5 J Billups 5.7 E Faulkner 3.3
Mercer T Smith 13.3 J Gollon 5.1 L Hall 4.4

On Saturday, Mercer hosts Northern Kentucky at University Center (GA). The game gets underway at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Bears lost to the Norse 63-46 on Jan. 24.

Mercer is first in the conference and Northern Kentucky is sixth. Both teams continue to jockey for position. Mercer has won its last seven games.

In their last matchup on Feb. 21, Anthony White Jr. put up 15 points as the Bears ran it up on Lipscomb 83-58. He contributes 1.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.5 points per game. For the Norse, Chad Jackson finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds in the 64-54 win over Kennesaw State on Feb. 21. He is averaging 9.5 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.5 per game.

Mercer has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Bears have an edge over the Norse, 64 points per game to 57 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Northern Kentucky performs well in turnover percentage at 19.8 percent. This ranks first in the conference and 156th in the country.

Northern Kentucky StatSmack

  • Mercer has a better conference record than Northern Kentucky this season (12-3 vs. 7-8).
  • Travis Smith is ranked 10th in the Atlantic Sun in points.
  • Mercer is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Mercer is 200 lbs compared to 186 lbs for Northern Kentucky.
  • Bud Thomas is ranked 6th in the Atlantic Sun in assists.
  • Mercer does a better job contesting shots (39.0 percent allowed vs. 43.3 percent allowed) than Northern Kentucky this season.
  • Even computers respect Mercer more. Mercer has a better RPI this season than Northern Kentucky (RPI: No. 149 vs. No. 279).
  • Mercer has a better record at home than Northern Kentucky this season (12-0 vs. 3-4).
  • The Mercer blocks leader (Daniel Coursey, 31 blocks) has more blocks than the Northern Kentucky blocks leader (Ernest Watson, 18 blocks).
  • The Mercer assist leader (Langston Hall, 98 assists) has more assists than the Northern Kentucky assist leader (Ethan Faulkner, 75 assists).
  • Mercer has more wins over the last 5 years than Northern Kentucky (105 vs. nine).
  • The Mercer rebounding leader (Jakob Gollon, 144 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Northern Kentucky rebounding leader (Chad Jackson, 123 rebounds).
NoKY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Eshaunte Jones 32 16 4 2 1 0 2
C Jalen Billups 20 10 6 0 0 2 2
C- Chad Jackson 29 10 5 2 1 0 3
C- Ernest Watson 27 6 5 1 1 1 1
D+ Ethan Faulkner 32 6 3 3 1 0 2
D Tyler White 19 6 2 1 0 0 1
D Nate Snodgrass 18 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Todd Johnson 13 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Jack Flournoy 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
D- Anthony Monaco 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D- Quinnten Fuller 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
F John Staley 10 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Justin Rossi 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Bill Pecora 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mercer Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Langston Hall 31 11 3 4 1 0 2
C Travis Smith 30 13 3 2 1 0 2
C Jakob Gollon 29 9 5 2 1 0 2
C Bud Thomas 28 7 5 3 1 1 1
D+ Daniel Coursey 18 7 3 0 0 1 1
D Monty Brown 12 4 3 0 0 1 1
D T.J. Hallice 15 3 2 1 0 1 1
D A. White Jr. 11 5 1 0 0 0 1
D Chris Smith 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Jibri Bryan 11 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Kevin Canevari 11 1 1 1 1 0 1
D- Darious Moten 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Dylan Poston 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D- Lawrence Brown 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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