Northern Kentucky Norse visit Mercer Bears in college basketball clash
Northern Kentucky Norse vs Mercer Bears Odds
The Mercer Bears will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Northern Kentucky Norse at Mercer University Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
The Bears bring a 19-9 record (0-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-14 Norse, who are 2-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Mercer go 2-0 so far and the Norse go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 152-ranked Bears and the No. 287-rated Norse in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 67-57 win for the Bears on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Norse is ranked No. 335 in NCAA hoops at 29.4 per game. Contrast that with Mercer’s No. 283 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Mercer is the No. 71-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Northern Kentucky rates No. 51 at 7.6 per game.
Defensively, Northern Kentucky features the nation's No. 52-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.5 points per game. Mercer, meanwhile, comes in at No. 217 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Northern Kentucky was a 64-54 winner on the road against Kennesaw State. Northern Kentucky earned a 64-54 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Chad Jackson at KSU Convocation Center.
In their last action, Mercer was an 83-58 winner at home against Lipscomb. The battle between the Bears and Bison didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Lipscomb was handed an 83-58 defeat on Thursday at Mercer University Center.
Northern Kentucky home to North Florida, Thursday, February 28
Mercer at Florida Gulf Coast, Thursday, February 28