Mercer Bears @ BYU Cougars NIT Free Picks & Predictions 3/25/13

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The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Monday night. The BYU Cougars and Mercer Bears will have it the Second Round of the NIT, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN.

Atlantic 10 Tournament Finals Picks: #7 Mercer Bears @ #3 BYU Cougars
Date: Monday, March 25th, 9:00 ET
Location: Marriott Center, Provo, UT
Mercer vs. BYU Live TV: ESPN

Second Round NIT Betting Lines
#7 Mercer Bears +7
#3 BYU Cougars -7
Over/Under 143

Something really just doesn’t look totally kosher as we see it here in the second round of the NIT on Monday. BYU really feels like it should just blow Mercer out of the water. The team was dominating this season at home, going 16-3 SU and 10-7-1 ATS including the first round win here in the NIT against the Washington Huskies. The Cougs are coming off of a dominating second half performance against the Pac-12 reps in which they outscored U-Dub by a 57-44 margin to take the game over. G Tyler Haws has been playing great basketball, as he scored 37 points on 15-of-24 shooting in the game against Washington, and he was one of the three players that were able to get to at least 20 points on the night. Surely a team that is playing that well would be able to put away the Atlantic Sun regular season champions, right? Maybe not so much. We’re going to draw the parallel here to the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, who are now the first No. 15 seed to ever make it to the Sweet 16 after taking care of the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday night. It’s proof that perhaps the top of this conference was a whole heck of a lot better than most of us gave it credit for. Don’t rest on the Bears here. This could be a fantastic game that comes right down to the wire.

Mercer vs. BYU Pick: Mercer Bears +7
Second Round NIT Predictions: BYU 68 – Mercer 67

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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