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North Florida Ospreys take on Bears in college basketball test

North Florida OspreysMercer Bears
Jan 21, 4:30 PM | Mercer University Center

North Florida Ospreys vs Mercer Bears Odds


The Mercer Bears will hit the floor running against the visiting North Florida Ospreys Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bears currently sports a 13-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-1 ATS. The Ospreys are 9-11 and 0-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bears produce a 0-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Ospreys have gone 0-0 against the number.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 81-ranked Bears and the No. 264-rated Ospreys in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-64 win for the Bears on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Ospreys is ranked No. 186 in NCAA hoops at 34.7 per game. Contrast that with Mercer’s No. 182 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Mercer is the No. 87-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while North Florida rates No. 214 at 5.8 per game.

Defensively, North Florida features the nation's No. 303-rated defense on the road, allowing 77.4 points per game. Mercer, meanwhile, comes in at No. 204 nationally in scoring at home.

North Florida was a 64-63 loser in its last match at home against East Tennessee State. The Ospreys endured a 64-63 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers on Monday, despite a 14-point effort from Jerron Granberry at UNF Arena.

Mercer was an 81-51 winner in its last match at home against Kennesaw State. Mercer cruised to victory on Friday, running Kennesaw State out of the gym and running up an 81-51 score at Mercer University Center.

Next up:
North Florida at Kennesaw State, Monday, January 23
Mercer home to Jacksonville, Monday, January 23