Mercer Bears vs. VMI Keydets: 1/23/2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 23, 2021

The VMI Keydets (7-6) visit the Mercer Bears (8-4) after losing five road games in a row. The Bears are favored by 8.5 points in the contest, which tips at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The matchup has a point total of 159.

Betting Information

Mercer vs VMI Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Mercer -8.5 -110 -110 159 -109 -113 -425 321

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Computer picks for Mercer vs VMI
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Mercer (-8.5) Under (159) Mercer 82 VMI 74

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Total Facts

  • The Bears and their opponents have combined to record more than 159 points in 33.3% of their outings this season (four of 12 opportunities).
  • VMI has played in five games this year (out of 13 total matchups — 38.5% of chances) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 159 points.
  • These teams average a combined 163.4 points per game, 4.4 more points than the over/under of 159 set for this game.
  • The Bears and the Keydets have seen their opponents average a combined 9.3 less points per game than the point total of 159 set for this outing.
  • The average point total in Bears games this season is 4.1 fewer points than the total of 159 in this matchup.
  • The average point total for the Keydets this year is 0.8 points lower than this game’s over/under.

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Mercer Betting Information

  • Mercer has not fared well against the spread this season, posting a 4-5 record.
  • The Bears have failed to combine with their opponents to reach the over/under just 3 times in 9 games this season.

VMI Betting Information

  • VMI has covered the spread in more than half of its games, going 6-3 ATS.
  • In most of VMI’s games this year, the teams have combined to hit the over (5 out of 9 games, 55.6%).

Head to Head

Mercer vs VMI (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/25/2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 69-66 MERC
1/15/2020 Mercer -6 145.5 -264 +212 Regular Season 73-62 MERC
2/28/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 84-71 VAMIL
1/24/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 88-68 MERC

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Mercer Leaders

  • The Bears scoring leader is Ross Cummings, who averages 15.5 per contest to go with 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
  • Felipe Haase is Mercer’s leading rebounder, pulling down 9.1 per game, while Neftali Alvarez is its best passer, averaging 5.2 assists in each contest.
  • Cummings makes more threes per game than any other member of the Bears, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 3.1 per contest.
  • Alvarez and Maciej Bender lead Mercer on the defensive end, with Alvarez leading the team in steals averaging 1.4 per game and Bender in blocks averaging 1.8 per contest.

VMI Leaders

  • Greg Parham’s points (19.3 per game) and assists (3.9 per game) stat lines give him the top rebounding and assists spots on the Keydets’ leaderboards.
  • Jake Stephens grabs 7.8 rebounds per game (he also scores 14.1 points per game and adds 3.1 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the VMI rebounding leaderboard.
  • Parham provides the bulk of the Keydets’ three-point shooting production. He makes 3.1 threes per game to lead the squad.
  • VMI’s leader in steals is Trey Bonham with 1.2 per game, and its leader in blocks is Stephens with 1.8 per game.
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