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Mercer vs. Furman - 3/8/15 Southern Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Furman at Mercer Bears (17-14)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Furman Paladins and Mercer Bears meet Sunday night in the .

The Furman Paladins look to keep rolling after winning three of their last four games. On the season, Furman is averaging 63 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 70.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Stephen Croone is averaging 17.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while Devin Sibley is averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 assists. Daniel Fowler is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Kendrec Ferrara is shooting 42.9 percent. The Furman Paladins have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Furman is allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.

Mercer vs. Furman - 3/8/15 Southern Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mercer Bears look for a win after winning four of their last six. On the season, Mercer is averaging 66.5 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Ike Nwamu is averaging 14.5 points and 1.5 assists while Darious Moten is averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. T.J. Hallice is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Phillip Leonard is shooting 50 percent. The Mercer Bears have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Mercer is allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Paladins are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. 

Mercer is by far the better team here, and the Paladins can' cover the spread if their life depended on it. Look for the Bears to win by double digits.

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