2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 11 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Mercer

By Trevor Lowry
Mercer basketball
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How about them Mercer Bears. They pulled off the upset of the 2014 NCAA tournament by knocking off the Duke Blue Devils. They will now meet up with the Tennessee Volunteers in the round of 32.

As for the Volunteers, they have now won two tournament games. Their first one was against Iowa in a play-in game and the second against Massachusetts. Tennessee will more than likely be the favorite going into this matchup, but probably will become America’s most hated team leading up to it. Not really, but I am sure many basketball fans will be cheering for Mercer to make it to the Sweet 16.

Regardless, both are technically Cinderella teams and both are rocking a double-digit seed.

What to Watch For

Jordan McRae could very well be the best player on the court. He is averaging 18.6 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in both tournament games so far. However, it is Jarnell Stokes who dropped 26 points and 14 rebounds on the Minutemen last game. Regardless, both have to come up big.

Langston Hall is leading the Bears with 14.7 points per game, but he only scored 11 against Duke. I don’t think Mercer can pull off another upset with its leading scorer only scoring 11 again, but who knows.


Both teams enter the game as a Cinderella, but Tennessee plays in a power conference. The Volunteers have the better team, but this time of the year is all about miracles, Cinderellas and all of that fun stuff. The Bears just got done beating one of the most talented teams in the NCAA tournament. They are more than capable of beating Tennessee and that is exactly what I am predicting to happen.

Mercer 75 Tennessee 70

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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