The Mercer Bears (9-7) will attempt to break a three-game win streak when they host the Samford Bulldogs (4-6) on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Hawkins Arena as 9.5-point favorites. The contest airs at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+. The matchup has a point total of 155.5.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of February 8, 2021, 2:18 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Betting Odds

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Bulldogs (+9.5)

The model and DraftKings both have the Bears taking home the win, but the model has them winning by slightly less (7.8 points). Lean towards taking the Bulldogs.

Pick OU:
Under (155.5)

The DraftKings point total for this matchup is just 2.6 points highter than the model projection.

Prediction: Mercer 80, Samford 73

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Examining the Over/Under

  • The Bears’ average implied point total this season is 4.7 fewer points than their implied total in Monday’s game (78.3 implied points on average compared to 83 implied points in this game).
  • So far this season, Mercer has scored more than its implied point total for this matchup (83) six times.
  • The 81.4-point average implied total on the season for the Bulldogs is 8.4 more points than the team’s 73-point implied total in this matchup.
  • Samford will attempt to surpass its implied point total for this matchup (73) for the fifth time this season.

Implied totals are projected point totals for each team based on totals and spreads set by sportsbooks.

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Mercer and Samford Records ATS

ATS Record ATS Record Against 9.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Bears 5-8 0-0 8-5
Bulldogs 3-6 0-0 3-5-1

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Last 5 Games


Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
2/3/2021 East Tennessee State Loss 70-64 1/20/2021 Chattanooga Loss 70-64
1/30/2021 Wofford Loss 72-69 1/18/2021 Western Carolina Win 82-78
1/27/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 81-68 1/16/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 82-70
1/23/2021 VMI Win 83-80 1/14/2021 UNC Greensboro Loss 87-63
1/20/2021 Citadel Win 83-63 12/19/2020 Kennesaw State Win 65-63

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