Postseason NIT - Mercer Bears face BYU Cougars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Mercer Bears vs BYU Cougars Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between BYU and Mercer on Monday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This season, the Cougars are 22-11 overall and 14-17-1 ATS ATS, while the Bears are 24-11 and 3-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, BYU boasts a 11-14-2 on the OU, and Mercer is 5-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 54-ranked Cougars and the No. 136-rated Bears in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-75 win for the Cougars on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up BYU's No. 16 nationally ranked offense (76.9 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 21 at 58.4 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 45.8% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).
Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 26-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.6 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 nationally in scoring at home.
Mercer was a 75-67 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tennessee. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Travis Smith scored 25 points for Mercer on Wednesday, leading the Bears to a 75-67 win over Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Last time out for BYU, they were a 90-79 winner as they battled Washington at home. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. Tyler Haws poured in a team-high 37 points for BYU on Tuesday, as they defeated Washington 90-79 at Marriott Center.
A few Bears at Cougars trends to consider:
BYU is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
BYU is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
BYU is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games
BYU is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home