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.

Tennessee was favored by 8.5 points at BetDSI while the total seemed low at TopBet 130 points.

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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.

View Mercer Bears vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

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

 

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