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Mercer vs Bucknell 11/23/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets and Odds

Bucknell Bison (1-3) vs. Mercer Bears (1-3)
November 23, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Mercer Bears -7 / Bucknell Bison +7; Over/Under: +149
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The Mercer Bears and the Bucknell Bison meet in college basketball action from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Tuesday.

The Mercer Bears come into this game looking to shake off a 75-58 loss at the hands of Saint Louis last time out. Felipe Haase leads the Bears in scoring with 18 PPG along with 4.8 RPG and 2.3 APG while Neftali Alvarez has 17 PPG with 5 RPG and a team-high 4.5 APG this season. Jalen Johnson’s got 10.5 PPG while James Glisson III leads the Bears in rebounding with 6.7 RPG as well this season. As a team, Mercer is averaging 70.5 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 64.1% from the foul line while allowing 71.8 PPG on 45.2% shooting from the field and 36.5% from three this season.

The Bucknell Bison will be out to bounce back from a 105-100 overtime loss to Illinois State last time out. Andrew Funk leads the Bison in scoring with 22.5 PPG with 4.5 RPG as well while Xander Rice has 11.8 PPG with a team-high 5 APG and Andre Screen has 10.8 PPG with .8 RPG as well to lead Bucknell on the glass. Elvin Edmonds IV also has 10 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Bucknell up to this point in the year. As a team, Bucknell is averaging 79.8 PPG on 44% shooting from the field, 36.5% from three and 83.3% from the foul line while allowing 85 PPG on 41.1% shooting from the field, 29.4% from three this season.

Mercer is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their last game while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 neutral site games. Bucknell is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games overall.

This is a toughie as both teams have played solid schedules up to this point, but Bucknell’s been involved in offensive battles while the Bears have been in defensive slugfests. I’m leaning towards the over though, as I think Mercer will be able to cut through this Bison defense but for Bucknell to get theirs as well.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 149

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