The Mercer Bears find themselves a slight home underdog Saturday against Southern Conference-leading UNC Greensboro. This is a case of the 21-6 Spartans gaining oddsmakers' trust, growing to a peak after their dominating victory over East Tennessee State on Monday. Yet, look for an underachieving Mercer squad to play beyond the level of the Spartans. Grab Mercer.
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Out in the MAC, we will back Ohio as a slight home favorite. The Bobcats are coming off a loss at Toledo, a game in which they trailed by double digits most of the game. Yet, they were able to score, which should be a confidence booster at home against Miami-Ohio. Look for the RedHawks to show the effects from a tough loss at Eastern Michigan. Grab Ohio.
Grab the value on the slight road underdog Wolfpack Saturday against the Demon Deacons.
Here is another scenario in which the visitors, clearly superior than their opponent, is a slight underdog despite recent road success. Away from home, N.C. State has won three of its last four games. Earlier, the Wolfpack downed Wake Forest by nine at home. The Deacons were in a 1-10 tailspin before knocking off Georgia Tech on Wednesday. That outcome should not suggest an end to Wake's woes. Neither team defends well, but the Pack scores at a higher clip. The series has tilted heavily toward N.C. State, which is 22-10 against the spread in the last 32 matchups in the series.
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We see this type of matchup daily. The visiting team, better and hotter than the host, is getting a point or two. I tend to gravitate toward the mini-dog in this case because Missouri rides in on a five-game straight-up win streak and is 7-3 ATS on the road. Missouri ranks second and third, respectively, in points allowed and shooting defense in the SEC. It's equally difficult to ignore some LSU league rankings -- last in offensive rebounding and shooting defense. A slight favorite is justified here, but it should be Missouri.
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