With more answers than questions now about who’s going to be playing in the 2014 NCAA tournament, we can get on to the issue of who’s going to be playing the tournament’s most popular role: lovable underdog.
Every year, some low-seeded team from a sub-major conference earns national goodwill for the service of proving that the biggest, strongest and most famous don’t always win.
One team with a familiar pedigree in this department is Mercer, which comes out of the same Atlantic Sun Conference that sent Florida Gulf Coast to last year’s Big Dance. In fact, the veteran Bears got their upset efforts off to an early start by beating Dunk City on its home floor in this year’s A-Sun title game.
Read on for more on the Bears’ prospects, along with nine more potential giant-killers, ranked according to the likelihood that they’ll pull off one of those surprises that make the March Madness name so fitting.