Furman Paladins face Mercer Bears: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Furman Paladins vs Mercer Bears Odds
Mercer looks to cover the Bears-Paladins pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 2-3 mark when they host Furman in college basketball wagering action.
The Bears bring a 2-3 record (0-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 2-2 Paladins, who are 0-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Mercer go 2-0 so far and the Paladins go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bears sit at No. 104 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Paladins sit at No. 202 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bears will win this game 69-61.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Mercer's No. 312-ranked offense, averaging 58.2 PPG, against a Paladins defense that ranks No. 176 at 66 PPG. The Bears field goal percentage has averaged 42.2% so far, less than the Paladins marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.
Defensively, Furman features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Mercer, meanwhile, comes in at No. 320 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Furman was a 76-53 winner at home against Brevard. The battle between the Paladins and Tornadoes didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Brevard was handed a 76-53 defeat on Monday at Timmons Arena.
Mercer was a 74-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wake Forest. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Mercer suffered a 74-71 loss against Wake Forest on Monday, getting 14 points from Jibri Bryan in a losing effort at Sports and Fitness Center.
Furman Paladins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Western Carolina are 7-3
After a win are 2-8
A few Paladins at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Furman's last 6 games on the road
Furman is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Furman is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Furman home to Western Carolina, Wednesday, November 28
Mercer at New Mexico, Wednesday, November 28