X-Factors to Watch for in Duke vs. Mercer NCAA Tournament Matchup

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X-Factors to Watch for in Duke vs. Mercer NCAA Tournament Matchup
Gerry Broome/Associated Press

Very few people are expecting the second-round game between 3-seed Duke and 14-seed Mercer to be much of a contest.

But, in the back of our minds, most of us remember just a few years ago when the Blue Devils faced Lehigh in the first game of the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Mountain Hawks pulled off an historic upset (ESPN.com), beating Duke 75-70.

The result of Duke vs. Mercer may come down to some unanticipated causes.

Let's look at the X-factors to watch for as the Blue Devils and Bears face off.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all advanced stats via Kenpom.com

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