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Mercer Knocks Off Duke

Yesterday Dayton, today Mercer. For the second straight day, the opening game ended in an upset.  The Mercer Bears, making their first NCAA tournament since 1985,  knocked off Duke with a 78-71 victory.  Jakob Gollon led Mercer with 20 points, thanks to knocking down all 9 attempts from the charity stripe.  As a team, the Bears connected on 23 of their 28 attempts from the line.  This is something Mercer does well as they averaged 18 FTM over their last 5 games.  On top of that, they shot 55% from the field.  Add it up and it was enough to withstand Duke's 15 threes. 

Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook combined to go 12-22 for the Blue Devils from beyond the arc.

Mercer plays 7 seniors, and their chemistry overpowered Duke's young superstars, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.  The Bears are 25th in the nation in scoring, yet Langston Hall, 14.9, is the only player who averages double figures.  Their unselfish play and team chemistry makes them a tough opponent, and they could very well find themselves in the Sweet 16, if they can keep up their quality play against Tennessee, who won a play in game and beat UMass in the round of 64.  The Volunteers defense is 17th in the nation in points allowed.

Bears guard Langston Hall is being HIGHLY touted on radio and TV.

Only College Sports had Cinderella written all over Mercer prior to the start of the Tourny:
Seems like Mercer has the tools they need to pull an upset, and I wouldn't want to see them in either of the first two rounds.

While this upset was a HUGE surprise to me, the Experts saw this coming