The Mercer Bears basketball odds of going on the road and winning at Coleman Coliseum are low. That’s true of most NCAAB teams that make the trek to the home of the Alabama men’s basketball program. The Crimson Tide have won 18 consecutive games in front of their home fans.
Mercer vs Alabama Picks
- Pick: Alabama Spread (-27.5).
Determining the best Mercer vs Alabama best bets will be a challenge. The Crimson Tide should have major advantages all over the court Friday night. But finding a spot where Alabama has value will be tough against a Mercer team that likely won’t be able to keep pace with the Crimson Tide.
Bears vs Crimson Tide Information
Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide Information
Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Location: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 8:00 p.m.
How to watch: ESPN, ESPN+
Mercer lost its last game on the NCAAB schedule 74-66 to Morehead State. Alabama won its last game by beating South Alabama 102-46.
Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide Analysis
Senior forward Jalyn McCreary has been Mercer’s top scorer so far this season, putting up 14 points per game. The Bears have gotten a major lift from Notre Dame transfer Robby Carmody, who is second on the team in scoring at 13 points per game. Anyone making Mercer vs Alabama best bets will see the Bears aren’t a high-flying offense.
The Bears are averaging 65.3 points per game. The Bears have especially had a difficult time shooting from the perimeter. Mercer is only shooting 28.6 percent from the 3-point line and 42.4 percent from the field.
Playing Alabama on the NCAAB schedule will require every opponent to keep up as best as they can. The Crimson Tide have become a high-tempo offensive attack under coach Nate Oats. While Alabama lost star Brandon Miller from last season, anyone making Mercer vs Alabama best bets will see the Crimson Tide were able to recruit well.
The Crimson Tide will overwhelm many teams in the college basketball standings with their output. Alabama averages 103 points per game, which is fourth nationally. The Crimson Tide are the second-best 3-point shooting team, making 50.7 percent of their attempts.
Alabama senior Mark Sears will be one of the college basketball players to watch. Seras, who transferred in from Ohio University, leads the team by averaging 18 points per game. Aaron Estrada (17.0 points per game) and Grant Nelson (16.7) each average in double figures scoring for Alabama.
NCAAB odds show that Mercer is a 27.5 points underdog. The Bears are 1-1 against the spread. Mercer has seen the total go 1-1 in its first two games.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama is 3-0 against the spread this season. Two of the Crimson Tide’s three games this season have gone over the total. The over/under for this game is set at 148.5 points.
Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide Pick and Prediction
Trying to find the Alabama Crimson Tide score may be best identified by scanning for a team that scores 100, or close to 100 points. The Crimson Tide have taken advantage of beating up on smaller schools and have topped the century mark in its last three games. Alabama will continue to push the pace against Mercer and should drag this game over the total.
The Crimson Tide will be among the teams with the best odds to win March Madness. Mercer will have a hard time keeping up with the SEC powerhouse. Alabama will put the pressure on the Bears early and run away with this one. While the spread is lopsided, the Crimson Tide will cover the number for anyone making NCAAB picks.
- Pick: Alabama Spread (-27.5).
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