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Mercer Bears take on Paladins in college basketball test

Mercer BearsFurman Paladins
Nov 17, 7:00 PM | Timmons Arena

Mercer Bears vs Furman Paladins Odds


The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Furman and Mercer on Thursday, with the host Paladins trying to win and cover the NCAAB point spread.

This season, the Paladins are 2-0 overall and 1-0 ATS ATS, while the Bears are 1-1 and 0-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Furman boasts a 0-1 on the OU, and Mercer is 0-0.

View Mercer vs Furman Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Paladins sit at No. 109 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bears sit at No. 223 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Paladins will win this game 79-59.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Furman's No. 200-ranked offense, averaging 68.5 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 211 at 69 PPG. The Paladins field goal percentage has averaged 38.7% so far, less than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.

Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 295-rated defense on the road, allowing 81 points per game. Furman, meanwhile, comes in at No. 147 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Mercer was an 81-63 loser on the road against Missouri. Jibri Bryan scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 81-63 to Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Monday).

Furman was a 62-58 winner in its last match on the road against Columbia. They covered the 7–point spread as underdogs. The Paladins grabbed a 62-58 win over the Lions on Monday, behind a 15-point effort from Richard Brown at Levien Gym.

Furman Paladins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Bears at Paladins trends to consider:
Furman is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Furman is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Mercer home to Sam Houston State, Monday, November 21
Furman home to Loyola of Chicago, Sunday, November 20