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Mercer Bears visit Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Mercer BearsFlorida Gulf Coast Eagles
Feb 28, 7:30 PM | Alico Arena

Mercer Bears vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Odds

20-9TEAM RECORD19-10

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be trying to slam the Mercer Bears on Thursday when the teams tip off at Alico Arena in college betting action.

The Eagles currently sports a 19-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-0 ATS. The Bears are 20-9 and 0-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Eagles produce a 1-0 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bears have gone 2-0 against the number.

View Mercer vs Florida Gulf Coast Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 66-rated Eagles and the No. 142-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 73-71 result in favor of the Bears.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida Gulf Coast's No. 51-ranked offense, averaging 73.3 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 14 at 57 PPG. The Eagles field goal percentage has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.9% per game.

Defensively, Mercer features the nation's No. 20-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.1 points per game. Florida Gulf Coast, meanwhile, comes in at No. 90 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Mercer was a 63-46 winner at home against Northern Kentucky. The Bears got 14 points from Travis Smith as Mercer ran past Northern Kentucky 63-46 on Saturday at Mercer University Center.

Florida Gulf Coast was an 80-71 loser in its last match on the road against Stetson. The Eagles got 19 points from Bernard Thompson, but it was Stetson that prevailed in an 80-71 final on Friday at Edmunds Center.

Next up:
Mercer at Stetson, Saturday, March 2
Florida Gulf Coast home to Kennesaw State, Saturday, March 2