Mercer Bears at UCF Knights Betting Odds

The UCF Knights and Mercer Bears will square off at CFE Federal Credit Union Arena to get their seasons underway. UCF opened as an 8-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 135.5 points. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.

Mercer Bears at UCF Knights Betting Preview

Neither team made the tournament last season. Mercer went 15-17 in the regular season while UCF finished 21-11. Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams square off. UCF ranked 315th in possessions per game (65.8) and Mercer was 344th (63.3) last season. Also, the Bears’ 51st-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 112.0) will square off against the Knights’ fifth-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 92.9). The Bears were 15-17 straight up (SU) and 16-11-1 against the spread (ATS) last season. There did not appear to be a trend for games including Mercer last year in regards to the O/U total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. The Knights, meanwhile, owned records of 21-11 SU and 16-14-1 ATS last season. Of UCF’s 31 games that accepted bets last year, 16 finished under the O/U total.

Mercer Bears vs. UCF Knights ATS Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – UCF, ATS Winner – UCF, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2016-Present):

  • The Knights rank fifth in rebounds per game (40.8) while the Bears rank 113th (36.7).
  • Mercer ranks 286th in steals per game (4.2) while UCF ranks 288th (4.0).
  • UCF ranks 77th in blocks per game (4.0) while Mercer ranks 245th (2.3).
  • The Bears average 21.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 131st in the NCAA. The Knights rank 282nd in three pointers allowed per game (24.3).
  • Mercer ranks 160th in assists per game (13.5) while UCF ranks 281st (11.1).