That horrible sound that you probably heard recently were many, many individuals’ brackets for the NCAA Tournament collapsing due to the Mercer Bears upsetting the Duke Blue Devils, 78-71. Dreams shattered. Brackets busted. Hopes of winning the Billion Dollar Bracket flushed down the toilet forever.
Unless you were either Nostradamus and saw this one coming or you were just really lucky and happened to pick 14 seed Mercer to beat 3 seed Duke, you are probably sitting here muttering to yourself that you absolutely did not see that one coming. However, Mercer did.
Mercer lost to Florida Gulf Cost University last year and watched them make a run to the Sweet 16. They had to be sitting there thinking about what might have been and that they could have the same sort of run. It is that sort of drive that can really motivate a team and give them a quality that sometimes can’t be negated or qualified, and that is desire.
There are times where there is nothing more dangerous for a team than playing against an opponent who has nothing to lose. Think of the Miracle New York Mets of 1969 upsetting the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. Mercer was essentially playing with house money and had no pressure whatsoever on them. That can be absolutely deadly for the favorite and that’s what happened to Duke. Their defense which had been weak all season long caught up to them and Mercer managed to get off shot after shot. Mercer has a lot of confidence and that could carry them far in the tournament.
Warren Buffett should probably be paying a visit to Mercer and thanking them for winning.