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Bears visit Belmont Bruins in college basketball clash

Mercer BearsBelmont Bruins
March 4, 6:30 PM | Mercer University Center

Mercer Bears vs Belmont Bruins Odds

15-17TEAM RECORD28-4

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Belmont vs Mercer battle Friday at Mercer University Center as the Bruins look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

This game is part of the Atlantic Sun Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Mercer University Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Bruins currently sports a 28-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-1 ATS. The Bears are 15-17 and 3-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bruins produce a 3-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bears have gone 1-3 against the number.

View Mercer vs Belmont Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bruins, most recently No. 41 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bears, who rate No. 225 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 87-68 victory for the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bears is ranked No. 271 in NCAA hoops at 33 per game. Contrast that with Belmont’s No. 103 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Belmont is the No. 2-ranked team in the country at 9.5 per game, while Mercer rates No. 144 at 6.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mercer owns the country's No. 227-rated mark, allowing 72.8 points per game on the highway. Belmont, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

Belmont was a 72-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Kennesaw State. They failed to cover the 26–point spread as favorites. Ian Clark scored 14 points leading the Bruins to a 72-57 victory over Kennesaw State at Mercer University Center on Wednesday.

Next up:
Belmont at East Tennessee State, Friday, March 4