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Samford Bulldogs vs. Mercer Bears - 2/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mercer Bears (16-6) at Samford Bulldogs (11-11)

College Basketball: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

The Line: Samford Bulldogs +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Mercer Bears will travel to play the Samford Bulldogs in a Southern game on Monday.

The Samford Bulldogs are 11-11 (2-7) and are coming off of a loss to Chattanooga by a score of 63-56. Samford has lost 3 games in a row and is currently in 9th of the Southern standings. Samford is averaging 73.3 points per game while giving up 72.1 points per game. Samford is also averaging 35.2 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Darius Jones-Gibson is averaging 15 points per game and 3.3 assists per game for Samford. Christen Cunningham is averaging 13.2 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Samford is shooting 70.4% on free throws, 32.6% on three-pointers, and 44.6% on all field goal attempts.

Samford Bulldogs vs. Mercer Bears - 2/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Mercer Bears are 16-6 (6-3) and are coming off of a win against UNC Greensboro by a score of 81-67. Mercer has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 3rd in the Southern standings. Mercer is averaging 72 points per game while giving up 65.3 points per game. Mercer is also averaging 41 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Jestin Lewis is averaging 13.5 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for Mercer. Stephon Jelks is averaging 11.8 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Bears. Mercer is shooting 72.5% on free throws, 34% on three-pointers, and 45.4% on all field goal attempts.

Mercer defeated Samford by a score of 69-50 on January 2nd. Mercer led by 21 points at halftime and cruised to the easy win. Christen Cunningham led Samford with 15 points and 4 assists, while Phillip Leonard led Mercer with 15 points and 5 assists. Mercer out rebounded Samford by a total of 39-25 and added 15 assists in their victory.

Mercer is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. Mercer is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The over is 6-2 in Mercer’s last 8 games. Samford is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games. Samford is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-1 in Samford’s last 6 games.

Samford has struggled in conference play, while Mercer is towards the top of the conference standings. Mercer plays very strong defense, and I think that will be the difference in this matchup. I like Mercer here.

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Mercer Bears -1.5

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