Lipscomb Bison vs Mercer Bears Odds
The Mercer Bears will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Lipscomb Bison at Mercer University Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.
This game is part of the Atlantic Sun Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings.
Mercer battles the Bison, currently sitting with a 12-17 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-0 for the Bears and 0-0 for the Bison.
The Bison were listed as 14.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 141-ranked Bears and the No. 181-rated Bison in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-61 win for the Bears on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Mercer has the nation's No. 253-rated offensive output, at 64.4 PPG. The visiting Bison defense ranks No. 338 allowing on average 76.5 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 43.2% so far, more than the Bison marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Lipscomb owns the country's No. 342-rated mark, allowing 80.4 points per game on the highway. Mercer, on the other hand, rates No. 220 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Lipscomb, they were an 85-78 loser as they battled North Florida at home. Deonte Alexander scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bison to a win (they lost 85-78 to North Florida at Allen Arena on Saturday).
Mercer was a 77-65 winner in its last match on the road against Stetson. Mercer earned a 77-65 victory over Stetson on Saturday, getting 15 points from Travis Smith at Edmunds Center.