March Madness - NCAA hoops odds preview - Mercer vs. Tennessee
|Mercer Bears||Tennessee Volunteers|
|27-8||March 23, 2014, 06:10 | PNC Arena||23-12|
After stunning Duke on Friday afternoon No. 14 Mercer will look to continue their Cinderella run at the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in a Round of 32 matchup against No. 11 Tennessee.
Mercer is 22-4 SU past 26 games overall, while Tennessee is 6-1 ATS in its past seven games overall. Tennessee is also 12-2 SU, 11-3 ATS in its past 14 as favorites.
It's only second time since 1996 that an 11 faced a 14 (Washington beat Richmond in 1998).
Odds Shark computer pick - 67-66.1 Mercer
The Volunteers currently sport a 23-12 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-14-1 ATS. The Bears are 27-8 and 3-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Volunteers produce a 14-19 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bears have gone 4-2 against the number.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Volunteers at No. 15 and the Bears at No. 89 heading into this contest.
Mercer won its last outing, a 78-71 result against Duke on March 21. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point underdog. Mercer got 20 points from Jakob Gollon en route to a 78-71 victory over Duke on Friday at PNC Arena.
Tennessee was an 86-67 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Massachusetts. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Massachusetts was victimized for 26 points and 14 rebounds by Jarnell Stokes as the Volunteers bested the Minutemen 86-67 in college basketball action on Friday.
A few Bears at Volunteers trends to consider:
Tennessee is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Tennessee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games