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NCAA hoops odds preview - Florida Gulf Coast vs. Mercer

Florida Gulf Coast EaglesMercer Bears
March 2, 8:30 PM | Mercer University Center

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs Mercer Bears Odds

14-16TEAM RECORD22-10

The Mercer Bears host Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, looking to build on their 22-10 mark against the 14-16 Eagles in college hoops action at Mercer University Center.

This game is part of the Atlantic Sun Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings.

The Bears currently sports a 22-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-2 ATS. The Eagles are 14-16 and 1-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bears produce a 0-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Eagles have gone 0-1 against the number.

View Florida Gulf Coast vs Mercer Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 84-rated Bears and the No. 200-ranked Eagles, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-69 result in favor of the Bears.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Mercer has the nation's No. 173-rated offensive output, at 68.3 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 292 allowing on average 72.2 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Defensively, Florida Gulf Coast features the nation's No. 223-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.6 points per game. Mercer, meanwhile, comes in at No. 256 nationally in scoring at home.

Florida Gulf Coast was a 71-61 winner in its last match on the road against USC Upstate. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Christophe Varidel scored 14 points leading the Eagles to a 71-61 victory over USC Upstate at Mercer University Center on Thursday.

Mercer won its last outing, a 61-53 result against Lipscomb on February 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. The Bears grabbed a 61-53 win over the Bison on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from Jakob Gollon at Mercer University Center.