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. 7-seeded Mercer squares off against No. 3-seeded Brigham Young in the second round of the NIT at Marriott Center on Monday. It starts at 9 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN News.

In a 75-67 win over Tennessee on Mar. 20, Travis Smith put up 25 points for the Bears. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 13.8 points per contest. In a 90-79 victory over Washington on Mar. 19, Tyler Haws put up 37 points and six rebounds for the Cougars. He leads the team with 21.4 points per game.

Brigham Young has an edge in a single key statistical category, scoring, where the Cougars have the upper hand over the Bears, 76.9 points per game to 65.7 points per game. Brigham Young can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: turnover percentage at 17.1 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.7.

Brigham Young StatSmack

  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for three-pointers, assists, and steals are in the Atlantic Sun.
  • Mercer has a better record at home than Brigham Young this season (13-0 vs. 13-3).
  • Mercer has a better conference record than Brigham Young this season (14-4 vs. 10-6).
  • The Mercer assist leader (Langston Hall, 143 assists) has more assists than the Brigham Young assist leader (Matt Carlino, 139 assists).
  • The Mercer three-point leader (Travis Smith, 67 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Brigham Young three-point leader (Tyler Haws, 39 three-pointers).
  • Last year the Atlantic Sun had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the West Coast.
  • Mercer is ranked higher than Brigham Young in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 3).
  • The Mercer blocks leader (Daniel Coursey, 42 blocks) has more blocks than the Brigham Young blocks leader (Brandon Davies, 32 blocks).
  • Mercer has a better scoring defense (58.5 allowed per game vs. 71.5 allowed per game) than Brigham Young this season.
  • Brigham Young has been ducking Mercer for over 30 years.
  • Mercer players are more experienced than Brigham Young players (17,206 minutes played vs. 13,784 minutes played).
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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