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    The No. 1 seed Furman Paladins (24-7, 15-3 SoCon) are favored by 10.5 points in their SoCon Tournament matchup against the No. 8 seed Mercer Bears (14-18, 6-12 SoCon) on Saturday at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville, beginning at 12:00 PM on ESPN+. The winner will move one step closer to earning an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

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    How do I watch Paladins vs. Bears?

    • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN+
    • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
    • Arena: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville

    Betting Lines for Paladins vs. Bears

    Furman vs Mercer Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Total
    Furman -10.5 141

    Furman Betting Stats & Information

    • Furman has been the moneyline favorite 25 times this season. They’ve gone 20-5 in those games.
    • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -569 or shorter, the Paladins have a 10-3 record (winning 76.9% of their games).
    • The Paladins have gone 16-12-0 ATS this season.
    • The Bears are a perfect 1-0 against the spread when an underdog by 10.5 points or more this season.
    • Furman’s average total in outings this season has been 153.3, 12.3 points higher than the total in this particular game.

    Mercer Betting Stats & Info

    • This season, Mercer has been the underdog 15 times and won two of those games.
    • The Bears are 1-1 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +418 or more on the moneyline.
    • So far this year, the Bears have put together a 14-17-0 record against the spread.
    • When they have played as at least 10.5-point underdogs this year, the Bears are 1-0 against the spread.
    • The average over/under in Mercer’s games this year is 5.1 fewer points than the point total of 141 for this outing.

    Furman vs. Mercer Season Stat Comparison

    Furman Rank Furman AVG Mercer AVG Mercer Rank
    10th 82.2 Points Scored 69.1 251st
    211th 71.1 Points Allowed 66.8 84th
    102nd 33.1 Rebounds 31.6 185th
    146th 8.9 Off. Rebounds 9.1 122nd
    14th 9.7 3pt Made 6 317th
    5th 17.7 Assists 13 179th
    95th 11.1 Turnovers 10.9 75th

    This Matchup’s Impact Players

    Furman Paladins Leaders

    • Mike Bothwell leads the Paladins in scoring, tallying 17.9 points per game to go with 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
    • Jalen Slawson leads Furman in rebounding, averaging 7.3 per game, while JP Pegues leads the team in assists, distributing an average of four in each contest.
    • Pegues makes more threes per game than any other member of the Paladins, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.9 per contest.

    Mercer Bears Leaders

    • The Bears’ leader in scoring and rebounding is Jalyn McCreary with 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
    • Luis Hurtado’s assist statline leads Mercer; he racks up 3.4 assists per game.
    • Kamar Robertson is the top scorer from deep for the Bears, hitting 1.5 threes per game.
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