No. 7-Seeded Mercer (23-11) Faces No. 2-Seeded Tennessee (20-12) in First Round

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NIT 1st Round



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #7 Mercer 34 41 75 +8.5
  #2 Tennessee 28 39 67 -8.5
Wed, Mar 20 2013, 08:00 PM

Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 4,468
TV: ESPN U

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No. 7-seeded Mercer takes on No. 2-seeded Tennessee in the first round of the NIT at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday. It takes place at 8 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Bears have not played the Volunteers since the 1993-94 season, when they fell 67-45.

In their last game on Mar. 9, Travis Smith put up 16 points for the Bears in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast, 88-75. At 13.5, he paces the team in points per game. For the Volunteers, Josh Richardson finished with 16 points and five rebounds in the 58-48 loss to Alabama on Mar. 15. He averages 7.9 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.0 steals per game. When considering the Four Factors, Tennessee performs well in free throw rate at 42.2. This ranks second in the conference and 35th in the country.

StatSmack! Mercer is better than Tennessee
  • Mercer has a better conference record than Tennessee this season (14-4 vs. 11-7).
  • Mercer players are more experienced than Tennessee players (17,206 minutes played vs. 13,925 minutes played).
  • Mercer is ranked higher than Tennessee in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 5).
  • The Mercer three-point leader (Travis Smith, 67 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Tennessee three-point leader (Jordan McRae, 56 three-pointers).
Mercer Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Langston Hall 31 11 3 5 1 0 2
C+ Travis Smith 30 13 3 2 1 0 2
C+ Jakob Gollon 29 9 5 2 1 0 2
C Bud Thomas 28 7 4 3 1 0 1
C Daniel Coursey 18 7 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Monty Brown 12 4 3 0 0 1 1
D+ T.J. Hallice 15 3 2 1 0 1 1
D+ A. White Jr. 11 4 1 0 0 0 1
D Jibri Bryan 11 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Chris Smith 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Kevin Canevari 11 1 1 1 1 0 1
D Dylan Poston 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Darious Moten 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Lawrence Brown 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
TENN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Jarnell Stokes 29 13 9 1 1 1 2
B Jordan McRae 33 16 4 2 1 1 3
B Trae Golden 30 12 3 4 0 0 2
C+ Josh Richardson 30 8 4 1 1 1 2
C Kenny Hall 21 6 4 0 0 0 1
C Skylar McBee 25 6 1 1 0 0 0
C- Derek Reese 14 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Armani Moore 13 2 2 1 1 1 1
D+ Q. Chievous 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Yemi Makenjuola 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ D. Edwards 8 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Brandon Lopez 6 0 1 1 0 0 1

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 1Mercer 27-9 14-4
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2013-2014 Roster

#32 James Bento Fr F 6-6 195
#11 D.J. Brooks Fr G 6-1 180
#25 Lawrence Brown So G 6-5 210
#45 Monty Brown Sr C 6-11 250
#34 Jibri Bryan So G 6-3 180
#3 Kevin Canevari Sr G 5-11 165
#52 Daniel Coursey Sr F 6-10 220
#20 Jakob Gollon Sr F 6-6 200
#21 Langston Hall Sr G 6-4 180
#14 T.J. Hallice Jr F 6-9 205
#1 Phillip Leonard So G 6-2 200
#12 John Mosser Fr G 6-4 210
#22 Darious Moten Jr F 6-6 195
#10 Ike Nwamu So G 6-5 205
#2 Matt Panaggio Fr G 6-3 185
#5 Bud Thomas Sr F 6-6 200
#15 A. White Jr. Sr G 6-2 170