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Florida Gulf Coast vs Mercer 12/19/21 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Mercer Bears (7-4) vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (9-3)
December 19, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -3 / Mercer Bears +3; Over/Under: -144.5
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The Mercer Bears and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles meet in college basketball action from Alico Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Mercer Bears come into this one looking to add to their current five-game winning streak after a 77-68 win over Georgia Southern last time out. Felipe Haase leads the Bears in scoring and rebounding with 15.3 PPG and 5.9 RPG while Jalen Johnson has 14.1 PPG with 4.8 RPG. Neftali Alvarez has 13.9 PPG with a team-high 3.6 APG to lead the Bears in assists and James Glisson III has 10.7 PPG and 5.7 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Mercer up to this point in the season. As a team, Mercer is averaging 73.9 PPG on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 75.4% from the foul line while allowing 70.1 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field and 35% from three this season.

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will look to add to their three-game win streak after an 85-74 win over Robert Morris last time out. Tavian Dunn-Martin leads the Eagles in scoring and assists with 19.5 PPG and 5 APG while Cyrus Largie has 12.9 PPG with 4.8 RPG and Kevin Samuel has 10.5 PPG with a team-high 8.6 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass and to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Florida Gulf Coast so far this season. As a team, Florida Gulf Coast is averaging 78.6 PPG on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.7% from three and 68.3% from the foul line while allowing 69.9 PPG on 42.9% shooting from the field and 32.3% from three this season.

Mercer is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Florida Gulf Coast is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games.

I get the case that could be made either way here, but you have two profitable teams that have been playing some of their best basketball of the season on both sides and as such, I think we have a bit of a track meet brewing here. These are two teams that can score well into the 70s and I think this is an over all day.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 144.5

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