2014 March Madness Second Round Odds & Total: Mercer vs. Duke Print
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Friday, 21 March 2014 07:00
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Mercer vs. Duke Odds

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RALEIGH, NC (TheSpread) – Friday’s NCAA Tournament action begins with No. 3 Duke taking on No. 14 Mercer at 12:15PM ET.

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Duke comes into the NCAA Tournament with a 26-8 record out of the ACC while Mercer is 26-8 and champions of the Atlantic Sun. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Duke is the clear favorite in this game, as the Blue Devils have odds of -13 points against Mercer. The over/under total for the game has been set at 140.5 points (View Matchup). These two last met in 1997 with Duke picking up a 126-64 victory.

Duke went 18-15-1 against the spread this season and hit the under in 18 of 33 lined games. The Blue Devils were pretty steady all season but never went on a massive run. Duke’s longest win streak this season was five games. Duke averages 78.6 points per game this season and shoots 39.4 percent from 3-point land, which ranks 16th in the country. Defensively, Duke allows 67.1 points per game and holds opponents to 30.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Duke is led by freshman Jabari Parker, who averages 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Mercer was in just five lined games this season, going 2-3 against the spread while hitting the over three times. Mercer has won its last four games entering the tournament. The Bears average 79.3 points per game, which ranks 24th in the country. Defensively, Mercer holds opponents to 66.4 points per game and opponents shoot just 29.8 percent from 3-point land. The Bears are led by Langston Hall, who averages 14.7 points and 5.6 assists per game.

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These two will face off in the second round of the MidWest Region, today at 12:15PM ET on CBS. The game will be held from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.

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