|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.
- 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).
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