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Furman vs Mercer Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Paladins vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Furman Paladins at Mercer Bears
- Where: Macon at Hawkins Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: Furman -7, FURMAN -313 | MERC +246 O/U 140.5
Furman heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-5. On the road, the Paladins will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Paladins have been favored 12 times, going 9-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Furman as -7 point favorites.
Furman’s leading scorer this season is Mike Bothwell, who is averaging 19.53 points per contest. So far, Bothwell has accounted for 23.83% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.47 rebounds per game and 4.18 assists. Jalen Slawson is the second leading scorer for the Paladins, averaging 14.41 points per game. Between him and Slawson, they are accounting for 41.4% of the team’s scoring.
Through 17 games, Furman has been playing well on offense, averaging 77.6 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Paladins’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.0% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 11.79 made 3’s per contest.
The Mercer Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 7-10. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 8 times, going 1-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.
Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 15.47 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.65 boards per contest. Behind McCreary, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kamar Robertson, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.53 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.9% of his shots and is adding 2.87 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mercer this season, as they are currently ranked 225th in college basketball at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.1%, placing them 173rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Furman Paladins -7
For this showdown between the Furman Paladins and Mercer Bears, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Furman and Mercer are 22nd and 198th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Furman continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 38.0% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -7 in favor of Furman, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.