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Furman vs. Mercer - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (13-11) at Furman Paladins (7-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Timmons Arena)

The Line: Furman Paladins +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Mercer Bears and Furman Paladins meet Saturday afternoon at the Timmons Arena.

The Mercer Bears have won five of their last seven games and are chasing a Southern title. On the season, Mercer is averaging 66.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Ike Nwamu is averaging 15.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while Darious Moten is averaging 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Phillip Leonard is dishing 4.9 assists and T.J. Hallice is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Mercer Bears have six players averaging at least 5.2 points, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Mercer is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last seven games.

Furman vs. Mercer - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Furman Paladins look for consistency after splitting their last six games. On the season, Furman is averaging 64.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 71.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Stephen Croone is averaging 18.2 points and three assists while Devin Sibley is averaging 9.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Kendrec Ferrara is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Geoff Beans is shooting 35.9 percent from the field. The Furman Paladins have six players averaging at least 6.1 points, and they’re shooting 67.3 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Furman is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Paladins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. 

Both teams have been incredible ATS this season, so in this case it's smart to simply go with the better team. Take the Mercer Bears and the chalk on the road.

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Mercer Bears -5

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