Betting on today’s Bears and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at McAlister Field House in Charleston, SC, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 134.5 points, and Citadel is favored by -1.5 to win at home against Mercer.

MERCER BEARS VS CITADEL BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Citadel Bulldogs -1.5

This game will be played at McAlister Field House at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.

WHY BET THE CITADEL BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Citadel pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will the Bears Defense Show Up on the Road?

After losing four straight games, Mercer will look to get back on track when they take on The Citadel as 1.5-point underdogs. The Bears are 8-11 overall, including a 1-5 record in Southern Conference play.

So far this season, Mercer has gone 3-6 on the road, and they have been outscored by an average of 5.1 points per game. In their last outing, the Bears fell to Samford by a score of 87-80.

As the underdog this season, Mercer has gone 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-4-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bears are 5-5 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Mercer is 10-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (139.6). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 139 points.

Mercer’s offense had a good outing, putting up 80 points against Samford. They achieved a 52.8% field goal percentage and went 14/19 from the free-throw line. Jalyn McCreary is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.4. Meanwhile, Jake Davis also brings a PPG average of 10.2 into the game.

The Bears’ defense is presently ranked 139th nationally, allowing an average of 71.4 points per contest. So far, the Mercer defense is giving up an average of 7.6 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.5 times per game (530th).

Can the Bulldogs Secure a Win at Home?

So far this season, Citadel has been favored in five of their 19 games, going 4-1 in those contests. At home, the Bulldogs are 3-4, and their average scoring margin is +.9 points per game.

Currently, Citadel is on a six-game losing streak, and they are still searching for their first Southern Conference win (0-6). In their most recent game, the Bulldogs lost to VMI by a score of 70-63.

As the favorite this season, Citadel has gone 3-2 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 3-3-1 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5.

Today’s over/under line of 134.5 for the Citadel-Mercer game is lower than the average over/under line in Bulldogs’ games this year (140.2). So far, 11 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s mark. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 138 points.

Compared to their season average of 71.5 points per game, Citadel struggled in their previous game. Against VMI, the Bulldogs scored 63 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 42.6%. The team’s top scorer is Elijah Morgan, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 14.6, while AJ Smith also maintains a PPG average of 15.9 leading up to the game.

At this time, the Bulldogs’ defense is positioned 90th in the country, permitting 68.8 points per game. Citadel’s three-point defense is currently 99th in the country at 6.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.7% of their shots vs. Citadel.