Florida vs. Mercer - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (1-0) at Florida Gators (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Stephen O'Connell Center)
The Line: Florida Gators -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Mercer Bears and Florida Gators meet Sunday night in college basketball action at the Veterans Memorial Arena on ESPNU.
The Mercer Bears look for a statement victory after beating up on Brewton-Parker in their season opener. The Mercer Bears are averaging 87 points on 53.1 percent shooting and allowing 53 points on 31.3 percent shooting. Ria'n Holland is averaging 24 points and one assist while Demetre Rivers is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Stephon Jelks is the third double-digit scorer and Desmond Ringer is grabbing five rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 26.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have won five of their last six neutral site games.
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The Florida Gators also look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. The Florida Gators are averaging 80 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 59 points on 39 percent shooting. Devin Robinson is averaging 14 points and six rebounds while Canyon Barry is averaging 13 points and six rebounds. John Egbunu is the third double-digit scorer and Kasey Hill is dishing four assists. The Florida Gators are shooting 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Florida Gators have won four of their last six neutral site games.
The Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Gators are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 9-25-2 ATS in their last 36 games following a straight up win. The over is 4-0 in Gators last 4 overall and the over is 14-6 in Bears last 20 overall.
This is pretty much still a home game for the Florida Gators with it taking place in Jacksonville. Mercer looked sharp in its opener, but beating up on Brewton-Parker isn't saying much. The Florida Gators are far more talented than they were a year ago and have the depth to give the younger Mercer Bears fits on both sides of the court. I see Florida winning this game in a blowout, as Mercer doesn't have the depth to keep up.