Furman vs. Mercer - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (18-8) at Furman Paladins (16-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Timmons Arena)
The Line: Furman Paladins -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Furman Paladins and the Mercer Bears face off on Saturday in SoCon college basketball action.
The Furman Paladins are 16-11 this season and the have won seven of their last eight games. Furman is averaging 68.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 43.4 percent. Stephen Croone leads the Paladins averaging 16.4 points per game. Devin Sibley is averaging 10.2 points, Matt Rafferty is averaging 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Kris Acox is averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Furman is 12-1 at home and 10-4 in the SoCon.
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The Mercer Bears are 18-8 this season and they have lost their last two games. Mercer is averaging 71.5 points per game and they are shooting 45.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Jestin Lewis leads the Bears averaging 14 points per game. Stephon Jelks is averaging 12 points and 8.9 rebounds, Phillip Leonard is averaging 10.4 points, and Demetre Rivers is averaging 8.7 points. Mercer is 3-7 on the road and 8-5 in SoCon play.
Furman is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games, 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, and 19-7 against the spread against the SoCon. Mercer is 5-2-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread and 0-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.
Furman has been rolling and while this is a game that looks very competitive I see Furman getting the cover in a nail biter.