Date/Time: March 23, 2014, 6:15 p.m. EST
When it comes to March Madness everyone likes a Cinderella and this year there are plenty of Cinderella teas at the big dance. A team is considered a Cinderella team when they pull off an improbable win and make a streaky run in the NCAA Tournament. No team pulled off a bigger win in this year’s tournament than the Mercer Bears. Now they will look to get another upset victory on Sunday when they take on the Tennessee Volunteers.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Volunteers listed as (-8) point favorites. This line seems a bit high against a gritty team like the Bears who just pulled off a miracle by defeating the Duke Blue Devils.
Friday was the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1985; however, the Bears are no scrubs. That year they made it to the NCAA Division II Final Four. As for the team’s recent history, they’ve won 78 games in the past three years out of the Atlantic Sun conference — yes, the same conference that plays home to last year’s NCAA Tournament Cinderella squad, Florida Gulf Coast. The Bears won the Atlantic Sun regular season championship in 2013, but lost the tournament to –you guessed it — Florida Gulf Coast.
This season was their final dance in the Atlantic Sun, as the Bears are set to join the Southern Conference on July 1. Now after a win against the Duke Blue Devils the entire world knows who the Mercer Bears are. The world will be waiting to see if they can beat Tennessee and advance.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Volunteers have the edge when it comes to wagering angles. The Bears are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 neutral site games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games although they are an impressive 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when they go up against a team with a winning straight up record, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Although the Volunteers win over UMass did not get as much attention as the Mercer win, it is still an impressive upset. The Volunteers will win and cover this number as midnight will strike for this Mercer Cinderella team.
Free Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -8
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