Mercer Bears vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Date/Time: March 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m. EST
Where: Alico Arena, Fort Myers, Florida
Lines: FGC -1/139
The conference tournaments are in full swing and that means there are several tickets to the big dance up for grabs. One of the things that make March so mad is that any team can surprise and win the conference tournament and all of a sudden be in the running for the national championship. On Sunday the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament will take center stage as the Mercer Bears will go into battle with the Florida Gulf Coast with the winner making reservations for the 2014 NCAA tournament.
This championship matchup comes as no surprise considering that the Mercer Bears are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and the Eagles possess the top seed. Although the Eagles are a top seed, they did not have an easy path to the championship game. The Eagles squeaked by East Tennessee State in a very close game. In a game that saw 12 tie scores and 10 lead changes, the Eagles were led by Chase Fieler. The Eagles’ lone senior paced all players with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and ninth of his career. Now he will get a chance to lead the Eagles to the dance if they can beat the Bears.
The Bears also got challenged in the last outing. Senior Langston Hall broke the Atlantic Sun Conference career record for assists and scored a game-high 21 points to propel the Mercer men’s basketball team to a thrilling 78-75 double overtime win over USC Upstate
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that the Eagles have the wagering angles in their favor. The Eagles are 11-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 12-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win. The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.
In recent meetings the Bears are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings although the underdog has posted a perfect 4-0 record against the closing point spread. This game will belong to the Eagles as they go dancing.
Free Pick: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
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