Furman vs. Mercer SoCon Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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Furman vs. Mercer SoCon Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

College Basketball Predictions

The No. 1 seed Furman Paladins (24-7, 15-3 SoCon) are 10.5-point favorites to win and move closer to a guaranteed berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket against the No. 8 seed Mercer Bears (14-18, 6-12 SoCon) in the SoCon Tournament Saturday at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville, beginning at 12:00 PM on ESPN+. The matchup has an over/under of 141.

Furman vs. Mercer Odds

  • Furman odds to win: -569
  • Mercer odds to win: +418
  • Spread: Furman (-10.5)
  • Total: 141

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Where: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville

Who Will Win Furman vs. Mercer?

Furman and Mercer Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

When it has played as at least 10.5-point favorites this season, Furman is 7-6 against the spread.

In games it has played as at least a 10.5-point underdog this year, Mercer is 1-0 against the spread.

The Paladins and the Bears combine to average 10.3 more points per game than the over/under of 141 set for this matchup.

Opponents of the two teams average a combined 3.1 fewer points per game (137.9) than this game’s over/under of 141 points.

Furman’s average point total in matchups this season is 153.3, 12.3 points higher than the total in this game.

Bears games this year have averaged a total of 135.9 points, 5.1 fewer than the point total in this matchup.

So far this season, the Paladins have put together a 16-12-0 record against the spread.

The Bears have a 14-17-0 record against the spread this season.

Furman Stats & Insights

Furman averages 82.2 points per game (10th in college basketball) while allowing 71.1 per contest (211th in college basketball). It has a +343 scoring differential overall and outscores opponents by 11.1 points per game.

Furman comes out on top in the rebound battle by an average of 3.6 boards. It is recording 33.1 rebounds per game (102nd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 29.5 per contest.

The Paladins hit 9.7 three-pointers per game (14th in college basketball) at a 35.1% rate (136th in college basketball), compared to the 7.0 per game their opponents make at a 34.4% rate.

Furman averages 105.4 points per 100 possessions on offense (fourth in college basketball), and allows 91.2 points per 100 possessions (172nd in college basketball).

Offensively, the Paladins have played better at home this season, putting up 86.5 points per game, compared to 77.5 per game in away games.

Mercer Stats & Insights

Mercer puts up 69.1 points per game (251st in college basketball) while giving up 66.8 per contest (84th in college basketball). It has a +72 scoring differential and outscores opponents by 2.3 points per game.

Mercer wins the rebound battle by 2.2 boards on average. It collects 31.6 rebounds per game, 185th in college basketball, while its opponents pull down 29.4.

Mercer connects on 6.0 three-pointers per game (317th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 6.0. It shoots 34.3% from deep, and its opponents shoot 32.8%.

Mercer puts up 93.2 points per 100 possessions (200th in college basketball), while giving up 90.1 points per 100 possessions (137th in college basketball).

At home the Bears are putting up 72.5 points per game, 5.6 more than they are averaging on the road (66.9).

Furman Key Players to Watch

The Paladins scoring leader is Mike Bothwell, who averages 17.9 per contest to go with 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Jalen Slawson is Furman’s leading rebounder, grabbing 7.3 per game, while JP Pegues is its best passer, averaging 4.0 assists in each contest.

Pegues leads the Paladins in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 1.9 shots per game from beyond the arc.

The Furman leader in both steals and blocks is Slawson, who averages 1.6 takeaways and 1.5 rejections per game.

Mercer Key Players to Watch

The Bears’ leader in scoring and rebounding is Jalyn McCreary with 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Luis Hurtado records more assists than any other Mercer player with 3.4 per game. He also scores 7.3 points and grabs 4.2 rebounds per game.

Kamar Robertson is reliable from deep and leads the Bears with 1.5 made threes per game.

Jah Quinones (1.0 steal per game) is the steal leader for Mercer while McCreary (0.6 blocks per game) is the block leader.

Furman vs. Mercer Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    Mercer (+10.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Over (141)

  • Prediction:
    Furman 76, Mercer 66
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