|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).
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