Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Mercer Bears at Coleman Coliseum in NCAA basketball action.
Alabama battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 6-6 mark (0-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-5 for the Crimson Tide and 2-0 for the Bears.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Crimson Tide sit at No. 70 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bears sit at No. 126 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Crimson Tide will win this game 68-64.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Alabama's No. 185 nationally ranked offense (67.8 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 9 at 54.4 PPG. The Crimson Tide have been averaging 45.2% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (40% on average).
Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 54-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.6 points per game. Alabama, meanwhile, comes in at No. 170 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Mercer was a 58-49 loser on the road against Georgia. The Bears endured a 58-49 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Tuesday, despite a 9-point effort from Anthony White Jr. at Stegeman Coliseum.
Last time out for Alabama, they were a 66-62 winner as they battled Texas Tech on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Alabama earned a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Trevor Lacey at United Spirit Arena.
Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tulane are 1-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Bears at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Alabama is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Alabama is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Mercer
Alabama is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Mercer home to Stetson, Monday, December 31
Alabama home to Tulane, Sunday, December 30