Mercer Bears (0-0) at UAB Blazers (0-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: UAB Blazers -8 -- Over/Under: 143
The Mercer Bears and UAB Blazers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Bartow Arena.
The Mercer Bears are coming off a 19-win season that ended with a quarterfinal trip in the CIT. Unfortunately, Mercer will miss it’s top-five scorers from last year, which raises some serious concerns if that success can carry over to this year. Ross Cummings returns after averaging 8.7 points and 1.6 rebounds while Ethan Stair averaged 5.9 points and 1.3 assists. Marcus Cohen played 14.3 minutes a game and Cory Kilby grabbed 2.3 rebounds. The Mercer Bears will look like a completely different team with so much production lost, so a step back from year ago wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The Mercer Bears have won five of their last six road games.
The UAB Blazers won 20 games last season that ended with a trip in the C-USA quarterfinal. UAB will be eld by Zack Bryant, who averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists while Jalen Perry averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Lewis Sullivan grabbed 4.4 rebounds and Makhtar Gueye played 9.5 minutes per game. The UAB Blazers obviously lost a lot of production themselves from last year, but Bryant thrived in his first season and has the potential to take another step forward as the leader of this team. Bryant could end up being one of the most explosive players in the C-USA this season based on what we saw last year. The UAB Blazers have won their last three home games.
The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Southern. The over is 12-2 in Bears last 14 non-conference games and the over is 4-0 in Blazers last 4 overall.
The Mercer Bears are pretty much rebuilding from the team they had last season and it takes time to figure out a rotation that works. The UAB Blazers are missing some key players as well, but they have a game changer and a guy who can lead the way in Bryant, at least until others step up. I'll side with the Blazers and the reasonable chalk.