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Lipscomb Bison vs Mercer Bears Betting Preview

Mercer BearsLipscomb Bison
Dec 1, 8:15 PM | Allen Arena

Mercer Bears vs Lipscomb Bison Odds


Mercer pays a visit to Lipscomb on Thursday, hoping to send the Bison to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Allen Arena.

The Bison sit at 4-3 (0-0 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bears are currently 4-2 (2-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Lipscomb is 0-0 OU, and Mercer is 0-3 OU.

View Mercer vs Lipscomb Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bison at No. 206 and the Bears at No. 57 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-72 result in favor of the Bears.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Lipscomb's No. 64-ranked scoring average of 76.7 PPG, against a Bears defense rated No. 37 and allowing 58.5 PPG. The Bison FG% has averaged 43.5% to date this season, more than the Bears shooters have managed so far (42.9% per game).

Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 82-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.5 points per game. Lipscomb, meanwhile, comes in at No. 62 nationally in scoring at home.

Mercer was a 74-61 loser in its last match at home against South Dakota State. They failed to cover the 2–point spread as favorites. Justin Cecil scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 74-61 to South Dakota State at Mercer University Center on Wednesday).

Lipscomb was a 67-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Austin Peay. Jordan Burgason scored 17 points leading the Bison to a 67-59 victory over Austin Peay at Allen Arena on Monday.

Next up:
Mercer at Belmont, Saturday, December 3
Lipscomb home to Kennesaw State, Saturday, December 3