Mercer vs. Brigham Young: Full Game Preview

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Mercer vs. Brigham Young: Full Game Preview
Mercer
(24-11, 9-7 away)
Brigham Young
(22-11, 14-3 home)
Venue: Marriott Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 25, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Mercer T Smith 13.8 J Gollon 5.0 L Hall 5.0
Brigham Young T Haws 21.4 B Davies 7.8 M Carlino 4.5

No. 3-seeded Brigham Young matches up against No. 7-seeded Mercer in the second round of the NIT at Marriott Center on Monday. The game gets underway at 9 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN News.

The 37 points and six rebounds by Tyler Haws helped the Cougars to a 90-79 victory over Washington on Mar. 19. His 21.4 points per game is the highest mark on the team. In a 75-67 victory over Tennessee on Mar. 20, Travis Smith put up 25 points for the Bears. He leads the team with 13.8 points per game.

Brigham Young has an advantage over Mercer in one key statistical category, scoring, where the Cougars appear to have the edge over the Bears, 76.9 points per game to 65.7 points per game.

Mercer StatSmack

  • Brandon Davies is ranked 39th nationally in points.
  • Brigham Young has more wins over the last 5 years than Mercer (161 vs. 109).
  • Brigham Young has a better record in close games than Mercer this season (5-3 vs. 2-4).
  • Brigham Young attacks the glass, with more rebounds (38.2 per game vs. 32.3 per game) than Mercer this season.
  • Brigham Young has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (71.3 percent to 50.3 percent).
  • AP voters think more highly of Brigham Young and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Mercer (65 vs. three).
  • Over the past 10 years, Brigham Young has had more players drafted by the NBA than Mercer (four vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Brigham Young has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Mercer (one vs. zero).
  • Mercer has been ducking Brigham Young for over 30 years.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Brigham Young currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (985 to 970) than Mercer, per the NCAA.
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
BYU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Tyler Haws 34 21 5 2 1 0 2
B+ Brandon Davies 29 18 8 2 1 1 3
B- Matt Carlino 28 11 3 4 2 0 3
C+ Brock Zylstra 25 7 4 2 1 0 1
C Nate Austin 16 3 4 0 1 1 1
C Josh Sharp 19 4 4 1 0 0 1
C- Craig Cusick 20 4 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Anson Winder 9 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Bronson Kaufusi 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Raul Delgado 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Cory Calvert 7 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Ian Harward 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D A. Ambrosino 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
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