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Mercer vs. Furman - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Furman at Mercer
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hawkins Arena
Macon, GA
The Line
Mercer Bears +2 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Furman Paladins will travel to Hawkins Arena to take on the Mercer Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Furman Paladins improved to 17-5 (6-4 Southern) on the season after defeating The Citadel Bulldogs, 71-61, this past Thursday. Furman was solid on the defensive end against the high-scoring Bulldogs offense and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 50-31 lead with 14:56 left in regulation. Furman shot 45.5% from the field while holding The Citadel to just 40.4% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Paladins was Jordan Lyons who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Furman is averaging 78.9 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Matt Rafferty (17.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.8 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jordan Lyons (16.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Clay Mounce (11.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), and Alex Hunter (9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field., The Paladins have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Mercer Bears lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 8-14 (3-7 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Wofford Terriers, 76-67, this past Thursday. Mercer fought back into the game midway through the 2nd half after trailing by as many as 15-points in the 1st half, however, the Wofford three-point shooting was too much for the Bears and Mercer couldn’t fight back after Wofford took a 70-63 lead with 3:15 left in regulation. Mercer allowed Wofford to shoot 45.8% from the field and was outrebounded by the Terriers by a 39-30 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Cory Kilby who had 16 points & 2 rebounds.

On the season, Mercer is averaging 75.4 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Mercer has been led by Ross Cummings (17.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), Djordje Dimitrijevic (11.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), Jaylen Stowe (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Ethan Stair (11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg).

Defensively, Mercer is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Paladins are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 6-2 ATS I their last 8 games overall. The Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games vs. Southern opponents.

Furman has lost 3 of their last 5 games, however, the Paladins still have to be considered one of the better teams in the tough Southern Conference as they rank 54th in scoring offense, 74th in FG%, and 78th in scoring defense. Mercer has lost 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 130th in scoring offense, 85th in FG%, and 176th in scoring defense.

Furman made waves earlier this season after they defeated Villanova and cracked the top-25, however, it’s been a struggle for the Paladins as of late as Furman has dropped 4 of their last 5 road games. Mercer has been solid at home this season, posting a 7-3 record, and as I think their offense will be able to keep this game close, I’m taking the Bears at home with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Mercer Bears +2

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