- MER 55.6
- 35.5 DUKE
- MER 38.5
- 40.5 DUKE
- MER 8
- 12 DUKE
- MER 27
- 35 DUKE
- Raleigh, North Carolina 27699
- : DUKE -10.5
End of Game
Coach K is the 4th coach to lose to both a 14 seed AND a 15 seed (lost to Lehigh in 2012). The others are John Thompson III, Eddie Folger, Lute Olson.
Duke is the only team in NCAA Tournament history with 5 losses to double digit seeds as a top 3 seed.
Duke now has four losses in the Round of 64.
Mike Krzyzewski has now lost five games to double-digit seeds, tied for the most by any coach in NCAA Tournament history.
Duke scored a season-low 10 points in the paint Thursday and was outscored by 16 points in the paint. The Blue Devils finished the season 4-4 in games that they were outscored by 10 or more points in the paint. Their starting frontcourt (Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker, Amile Jefferson) was a combined 4-of-16 shooting in the paint.
Mercer's upset of Duke Friday marks the second straight year that an Atlantic Sun Conference team has won a Men's Basketball Championship game. Florida Gulf Coast advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 15 seed last year.This is the first time that the Atlantic Sun has had teams win Men's Basketball Championship games in consecutive years. Including the A-Sun's years as the Trans-America Athletic Conference, only Arkansas-Little Rock (1986), College of Charleston (1997) and Georgia State (2001) had won tourney games while representing the league prior to last year.
Duke Losses to Double-Digit Seeds - Under Mike Krzyzewski
Seed Lost To 2014 3 14 Mercer* 2012 2 15 Lehigh* 2007 6 11 VCU* 1997 2 10 Providence 1985 3 11 Boston College *In Round of 64
Compared to many of the best-known metrics out there, BPI had given the Mercer Bears the best chance to beat Duke in this game... (12.6%).KenPom.com gave Mercer an 11% chance... Nate Silver's 538 model gave them 7% chance... Las Vegas odds gave them about a 6% chance... and just 3.3% of 11 million fans on ESPN.com's Bracket Challenge had picked them to advance.
Danny Kanell understands Nigel Hayes voicing his opinion, but thinks athletes are not the only students struggling with money in college.
Decorated Army veteran Isaiah Brock has been ruled eligible by the NCAA as able to play for Oakland University, which had earlier ruled him ineligible for the 2016-17 season.
With multiple five-star prospects on hand, Kentucky's season-opening event lived up to the hype for recruits.