Mercer Bears (7-6) vs. Samford Bulldogs (6-7)
December 28, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Samford Bulldogs -2.5 / Mercer Bears +2.5; Over/Under: +145
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The Mercer Bears and Samford Bulldogs meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Pete Hanna Center. The Mercer Bears look for their eighth win. The Samford Bulldogs look to get back to a .500 record.
The Mercer Bears are averaging 77.2 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Jalyn McCreary is averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Kamar Robinson is averaging 13.6 points and 2.1 assists. James Glisson III is the third double-digit scorer and Luis Hurtado Jr. is dishing 5.5 assists. The Mercer Bears are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game.
The Samford Bulldogs are averaging 79.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Ques Glover is averaging 13.8 points and 2.4 rebounds, while Logan Dye is averaging 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Jaden Campbell is the third double-digit scorer and Jermaine Marshall is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Samford Bulldogs are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Samford Bulldogs are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game.
The Bears are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Bears last 7 overall. The under is 9-3 in Bulldogs last 12 overall. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Mercer Bears are playing the better ball entering this contest, so they’re intriguing in the underdog role. However, I’d assume the Samford Bulldogs can get their act together at home, where they win by an average of 19.3 points and hold teams under 40 percent shooting. I’ll lay the bucket with Samford at home.