Mercer Bears vs. Samford Bulldogs: 2/8/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on February 8, 2021

The Mercer Bears (9-7) are 9.5-point favorites as they try to break a three-game losing streak when they host the Samford Bulldogs (4-6) on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Hawkins Arena. The contest airs at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+. The point total is set at 155.5 in the matchup.

Betting Information

Mercer vs Samford Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Mercer -9.5 -111 -110 155.5 -110 -112 -533 378

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Mercer vs Samford
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Samford (+9.5) Under (155.5) Mercer 80 Samford 73

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Total Facts

  • In 37.5% of their opportunities this year (six of 16 chances), the Bears and their opponents have put up more than this matchup’s over/under of 155.5 points.
  • Samford has played in three games this year (out of 10 total matchups — 30% of chances) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 155.5 points.
  • The Bears and the Bulldogs combine to average 0.7 fewer points per game than the over/under of 155.5 set for this game.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 4.2 fewer points per game (151.3) than this matchup’s total of 155.5 points.
  • The average total the Bears have had set in games this year is 2.6 fewer points than this outing’s point total.
  • The average point total for the Bulldogs this season is 2.3 points lower than this game’s over/under.

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Mercer Betting Information

  • Mercer has struggled against the spread, going 5-8 on the year.
  • Mercer has been reliable for the over this season, combining with opponents to reach the total in 8 of 13 games for a 61.5% rate.

Samford Betting Information

  • Samford has a losing record against the spread, going 3-6 ATS (covering only 33.3% of the time).
  • Samford and its opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their matchups this year — 3 of 9 (33.3%).

Head to Head

Mercer vs Samford (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/19/2020 Mercer -7 150 -320 +248 Regular Season 106-66 MERC
1/18/2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 90-75 MERC
2/21/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 65-62 MERC
1/19/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 93-87 MERC

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Mercer Leaders

  • The scoring leader for the Bears this season is Ross Cummings, who averages 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
  • Felipe Haase is the Bears leading rebounder, pulling down 8.0 per game, while Neftali Alvarez is their best passer, distributing 4.6 assists in each contest.
  • Cummings makes more threes per game than any of his teammates on the Bears, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a rate of 2.9 per contest.
  • Alvarez and Maciej Bender lead Mercer on the defensive end, with Alvarez leading the team in steals averaging 1.3 per game and Bender in blocks averaging 1.5 per contest.

Samford Leaders

  • Myron Gordon averages 15.6 points per game and is the top scorer for the Bulldogs.
  • Samford’s leader in rebounds is Christian Guess with 9.0 per game, and its leader in assists is Richardson Maitre with 3.4 per game.
  • Triston Chambers makes more threes per game than any of his teammates on the Bulldogs, knocking down shots from deep at a rate of 1.6 per game.
  • Samford’s leader in steals is A.J. Staton-McCray (1.4 per game), and its leader in blocks is Jacob Tryon (1.0 per game).
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