Mercer Bears vs Dolphins College Hoops Game Preview
Mercer Bears vs Jacksonville Dolphins Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Mercer Bears travelling to Jacksonville Saturday to take on the Dolphins.
Supporters of the Bears have watched them go 10-7 and 0-3 ATS on the year, while the Dolphins are at 8-10 and 2-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Dolphins are 1-0, while the Bears have a 2-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Dolphins, most recently No. 302 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bears, who rate No. 184 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-61 victory for the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Jacksonville's No. 164 nationally ranked offense (68.6 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 21 at 57.4 PPG. The Dolphins have been averaging 41% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (40.9% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mercer owns the country's No. 52-rated mark, allowing 62.7 points per game on the highway. Jacksonville, on the other hand, rates No. 128 in scoring at home.
Mercer won its last outing, a 66-47 result against North Florida on January 10. Mercer earned a 66-47 victory over North Florida on Thursday, getting 15 points from Travis Smith at UNF Arena.
Jacksonville was a 99-92 winner in its last match at home against Kennesaw State. Kennesaw State was victimized for 25 points and 13 rebounds by Keith McDougald as the Dolphins bested the Owls 99-92 in college basketball action on Thursday.
Mercer home to East Tennessee State, Thursday, January 17
Jacksonville at North Florida, Friday, January 18