2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Atlantic Sun Conference Champion Mercer Bears

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Record: 26-8

Region – Seed: Midwest – No. 14

RPI: 82

BPI: 105

Conference: Atlantic Sun Conference

How They Qualified: Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Champions

 

Mercer lost its first game of the season to the Texas Longhorns by three points on the road. Now, the Bears will be playing in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

I am sure many fans wanted to see Florida Gulf Coast give it another go, but Mercer will be representing the Atlantic Sun this year. In case if you have already forgotten, the Eagles made the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed last year. Who knows if Mercer will be this year’s Cinderella, but they are dancing regardless.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Langston Hall (14.7 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Daniel Coursey (6.6 rpg)

Leading Passer: Langston Hall (5.6 apg)

Bad Losses: Evansville

Good Wins: Florida Gulf Coast (twice), Ole MissSeton Hall

 

Mercer challenged itself by playing a couple of teams from power conferences during the regular season. The Bears played Ole Miss, Seton Hall, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Bears are a team that puts up a lot of points and will need their offense clicking on all cylinders if they plan on advancing. The team is averaging 79.3 points per game. They will need all of those points and then some if they plan on pulling off the major upset right off the bat.

Mercer will more than likely lose its first game of the dance, but dancing is dancing and you never know what can happen in the month of March.

The Mercer Bears are dancing!

 

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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