Mercer vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview

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Mercer vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
Mercer
(23-11, 8-10 away)
Tennessee
(20-12, 15-4 home)
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, March 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Mercer T Smith 13.5 J Gollon 5.1 L Hall 4.9
Tennessee J McRae 16.0 J Stokes 9.5 T Golden 4.0

No. 2-seeded Tennessee squares off against No. 7-seeded Mercer in the first round of the NIT at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN U. The Volunteers have not played the Bears since the 1993-94 season, when they won 67-45.

The Volunteers fell 58-48 to Alabama on Mar. 15. Josh Richardson finished with 16 points and five rebounds in the loss. On top of a team-high 1.0 steals per game, he also scores 7.9 points per game. The Bears were defeated by Florida Gulf Coast 88-75 on Mar. 9 despite 12 points and six rebounds from Langston Hall. He is averaging 11.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.9 assists per game.

Mercer StatSmack

  • Tennessee is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Tennessee is 214 lbs compared to 200 lbs for Mercer.
  • Even computers respect Tennessee more. Tennessee has a better RPI this season than Mercer (RPI: No. 55 vs. No. 122).
  • Tennessee has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (59.9 percent to 44.0 percent).
  • Tennessee attacks the glass, with more rebounds (36.8 per game vs. 32.3 per game) than Mercer this season.
  • Tennessee has more wins over the last 5 years than Mercer (138 vs. 109).
  • Tennessee embarrassed Mercer by 22 points the last time they played (Dec 28, 1993).
  • Over the past 10 years, Tennessee has had more players drafted by the NBA than Mercer (one vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Tennessee has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Mercer (seven vs. zero).
  • Tennessee has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Mercer (six vs. zero).
  • The Tennessee scoring leader (Jordan McRae, 502 points) has more points than the Mercer scoring leader (Travis Smith, 458 points).
  • The Tennessee rebounding leader (Jarnell Stokes, 292 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Mercer rebounding leader (Jakob Gollon, 172 rebounds).
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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