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Auburn Tigers vs. Mercer Bears - 12/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (8-1) at Auburn Tigers (4-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Auburn Arena)

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

TV: SEC Network

The Mercer Bears will travel to play the Auburn Tigers in a non-conference game on Tuesday.

The Auburn Tigers are 4-2 this season and are coming off of a loss to Middle Tennessee by a score of 88-81 in overtime. Auburn led by 9 points at halftime but allowed their opponent to come back and win in overtime. Kareem Canty led Auburn with 28 points and 7 assists. Cinmeon Bowers added 19 points and 19 rebounds for Auburn. Auburn tied their opponent in rebounding with 47 each and Auburn had 12 assists in their defeat. Auburn is averaging 88.7 points per game while giving up 79 points per game. Auburn is also averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per game. Kareem Canty is averaging 19 points per game and 6 assists per game, while Tyler Harris is averaging 16.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game for Auburn. Auburn is shooting 66.3% on free throws, 41% on three-pointers, and 47% on all field goal attempts.

Auburn Tigers vs. Mercer Bears - 12/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mercer Bears are 8-1 this season and are coming off of a win against Alcorn State by a score of 68-43. Mercer led by 19 points at halftime and coasted to the victory in this game. Demetre Rivers had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Mercer. Stephon Jelks added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Bears. Mercer out rebounded their opponent by a total of 37-23 and had 17 assists in their victory. Mercer is averaging 74 points per game while giving up 60.2 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 42 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game. Phillip Leonard is averaging 11.1 points per game and 5.1 assists per game, while Stephon Jelks is averaging 11.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Mercer is shooting 72.2% on free throws, 33.3% on three-pointers, and 46.8% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Mercer is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning straight up record. The under is 4-1 in Mercer’s last 5 games overall. Auburn is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. Auburn is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The over is 4-0 in Auburn’s last 4 games.

Mercer has started this season very strong, but hasn’t played the best competition. Mercer does play good defense, which they will need against a high scoring Auburn team. Auburn has impressed me this year with how they shoot the three-pointer. This has allowed them to develop the 7th ranked offense in the nation. I think Auburn has played better competition and they should get the win here.

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