Samford Bulldogs at Mercer Bears
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Hawkins Arena)
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The Samford Bulldogs and Mercer Bears meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Hawkins Arena.
The Samford Bulldogs need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Samford Bulldogs are averaging 73.9 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Josh Sharkey is averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 assists while Brandon Austin is averaging 14 points and four rebounds. Robert Allen is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Dupree is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Samford Bulldogs are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Samford Bulldogs are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Samford Bulldogs have lost five of their last six road games.
The Mercer Bears need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 70.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Djordje Dimitrijevic is averaging 17.2 points and 3.9 rebounds while Ethan Stair is averaging 15.3 points and 2.1 assists. Jeffrey Gary is the third double-digit scorer and Ross Cummings is grabbing two rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have split their last six home games.
The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Both of these teams enter this game playing lousy basketball and aren't clubs I'm running to the window to bet. However, the Samford Bulldogs are in much worse shape, which includes losing their last five games by an average of 12.6 points while shooting 39.5 percent from the field. The Samford Bulldogs are also 3-12 ATS on the road and 6-18-1 ATS on the season. Just, no. I'm not thrilled about laying chalk with a struggling Mercer team, but fading Samford all year has worked extremely well.