Mercer vs Samford Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Samford (26-5) vs Mercer (16-16)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

Betting Odds: Samford -8.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Mercer Bears will play the Samford Bulldogs in the Quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Mercer has won five of their last six games, while Samford has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Mercer vs Samford prediction. 

Mercer Preview

The Mercer Bears are 16-16 (8-10) this season after they defeated The Citadel by a score of 84-76 in their last game. Mercer led 37-27 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite allowing 49 points in the second half. The Bears shot 56.6% from the field and were +4 in rebounding margin in the game. Mercer has won five of their last six games, with the lone loss coming against Chattanooga. The Bears are scoring 71.2 points per game with 34.3 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game, while allowing 71.8 points against per game this season. Jalyn McCreary is averaging 15.8 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Mercer is shooting 44.8% from the field, 67.1% on free throws, and 34.4% on three pointers this year. 

Samford Preview

The Samford Bulldogs are 26-5 (15-3) this year after they defeated The Citadel by a score of 92-80 in their last game. Samford led 39-37 at the half and they scored 53 second half points in the win. The Bulldogs shot 51.9% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Samford lost to Wofford by a score of 91-69 in the game prior to The Citadel, but did win the two games before that. The Bulldogs are scoring 86.9 points per game with 35.8 rebounds per game and 18 assists per game, while allowing 74.5 points against per game this year. Achor Achor is averaging 15.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Samford is shooting 49.4% from the field, 73.1% on free throws, and 39.8% on three pointers this season. 

Mercer vs Samford Betting Prediction

Samford comes into this matchup as the #1 seed in the Southern Conference, as they finished the regular season with a 15-3 conference record. The Bulldogs are scoring 86.9 points per game and they are shooting 49.4% from the field. Mercer was 8-10 in conference play, but they were able to win their first game of the tournament. Samford won the first meeting by a score of 87-80, while Mercer won the second meeting by a score of 88-84. The Mercer offense has exploded in recent games and they have scored 84, 82, 75, 86, 87, and 88 points in their last six games. I think we are going to see a higher scoring game here and I am going to take the over. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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