Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 11/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Mercer Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Coleman Coliseum is the location where the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) will attempt to beat the Mercer Bears (1-2) on Friday.
The Mercer Bears stepped onto the hardwood against Morehead State and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 74-66 in their last game. Mercer wrapped up the game with a 44.4% FG percentage (24 out of 54) and knocked down 5 of their 13 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bears converted 13 of 19 attempts for a rate of 68.4%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled a total of 18 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 9 assists for the contest as well as forcing the other team into 25 turnovers and having 13 steals. In the matter of defending, Mercer allowed the other team to shoot 52.4% from the floor on 22 of 42 shooting. Morehead State distributed 12 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Morehead State snagged 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Morehead State finished the game shooting 88.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of 25 shots. They converted 8 out of their 20 tries from distance. In reference to personal fouls, the Bears ended up finishing with 20 and Morehead State finished the game with 21 personal fouls.
Jah Quinones is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He walked away with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He played 28 mins played and also grabbed 2 boards. He ended up going 44.4% from the field but didn't record an assist.
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Mercer comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 1-2 for the year. They have an average of 65.3 points per contest (311th in the country) while going 42.4% from the field. The Bears are shooting 28.6% on shots from 3-point land (18 of 63) and 66.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Mercer is grabbing 28.3 boards per game and has racked up 31 dimes for the season, which ranks 280th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 22.3 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Bears have forced 18.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 101st in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 28 conceded on the campaign. The Bears defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.4% (64 of 141) and they surrender 36.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 30.5% on 3-pointers and they rank 180th in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Alabama Crimson Tide walked away with a victory by a final of 102-46 against South Alabama. The Crimson Tide were able to collect 35 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 9 steals in this matchup. South Alabama earned 21 fouls in this contest which took the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for a total of 30 tries. They were able to bury 22 of them for a rate of 73.3%. With regard to 3-point shots, Alabama made 12 out of their 23 attempts (52.2%). In all, the Crimson Tide finished shooting 34 for 55 from the floor which had them sitting at 61.8%. The Crimson Tide allowed South Alabama to bury 14 out of 60 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 23.3% in this matchup. They shot 17.2% from distance by connecting on 5 out of 29 and finished the game at 13 out of 21 at the charity stripe (61.9%). When talking about how they rebounded, Alabama allowed South Alabama to collect 23 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Mark Sears ended up being a factor for the Crimson Tide in this contest. He totaled 17 points in his 23 mins on the court and had 5 assists for the matchup. He converted 5 of 7 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, and accounted for 5 rebounds.
Alabama has a mark of 3-0 for the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Crimson Tide are shooting 56.3% from the floor, which ranks 6th in Division 1. Alabama has scored 309 points on the season (103.0 per game) and they pull in 43.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 15.7 times per game (108th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 11.3 times per game. The Crimson Tide are responsible for committing 18.0 personal fouls every game and they go 80.0% from the free throw line.
The Crimson Tide on the defensive side of the court are 139th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 66.3. They are able to force 13.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.9% from the floor (105th in college basketball). The Alabama defense allows 28.2% on three-point shots (22 of 78) and their opposition makes 62.1% of their free throw attempts. They allow 7.7 assists and 26.7 total rebounds per game, which is 22nd and 11th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Mercer
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