|NCAA Tournament - Second Round - PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+2||2-1||2-1||75.2||33.2||43.6%||35.8||66.6||25.4||42.9%||35.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||79.3||36.9||27-58||47.6%||8-21||38.5%||16-22||73.2%||38||10||16||18||6||12||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||74.4||35.4||26-56||45.5%||7-20||35.9%||16-23||69.8%||36||10||13||19||6||13||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||78.2||35.1||27-58||45.8%||8-21||36.6%||17-23||74.3%||36||10||15||21||6||13||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||66.4||29.0||22-56||40.0%||6-21||29.8%||15-22||68.9%||33||9||12||19||6||13||3|
|vs opponents averaging||70.1||32.9||24-56||43.4%||7-20||33.6%||15-22||69.2%||34||9||13||20||6||13||3|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||74.7||33.2||24-56||43.2%||6-20||31.4%||20-27||72.6%||35||10||12||20||5||12||3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-7.6||1-4||3-2||73.2||33.2||45.3%||33.2||72.8||32.8||50.2%||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||78.6||38.8||27-58||46.3%||9-22||39.4%||16-23||72.6%||34||10||15||19||7||9||3|
|vs opponents surrendering||66.1||30.5||23-55||41.9%||6-18||32.9%||14-21||69.2%||33||9||12||19||6||12||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||73.9||35.5||27-59||45.0%||8-22||39.0%||12-18||67.4%||34||9||14||20||6||9||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||67.1||30.9||24-53||45.3%||4-13||30.5%||15-21||68.8%||33||9||11||19||5||12||3|
|vs opponents averaging||70.5||33||25-55||45.0%||6-17||34.6%||15-22||69.1%||35||10||13||18||6||11||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||68.8||30.9||24-52||45.8%||4-13||33.0%||17-24||69.2%||35||9||12||18||5||11||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MERCER 67.3, DUKE 78.5|
|1/31/2014||@ E TENN ST||90-77||W|| ||-|| ||-||32-58||55.2%||37||10||28-60||46.7%||24||7|
|2/2/2014||@ USC UPSTATE||61-80||L|| ||-|| ||-||21-60||35.0%||35||16||22-50||44.0%||43||17|
|2/7/2014||@ KENNESAW ST||75-68||W|| ||-|| ||-||24-60||40.0%||38||8||23-52||44.2%||36||12|
|2/14/2014||LIPSCOMB||79-48||W|| ||-|| ||-||30-60||50.0%||41||11||14-57||24.6%||31||11|
|2/16/2014||N KENTUCKY||89-67||W|| ||-|| ||-||30-51||58.8%||34||11||23-53||43.4%||24||9|
|2/21/2014||@ FLA GULF COAST||61-75||L||-2||L||140||U||21-61||34.4%||29||9||23-50||46.0%||48||13|
|2/23/2014||@ STETSON||73-52||W|| ||-|| ||-||29-50||58.0%||35||18||20-57||35.1%||27||15|
|2/27/2014||N FLORIDA||76-79||L|| ||-|| ||-||29-68||42.6%||36||13||28-58||48.3%||38||19|
|3/1/2014||JACKSONVILLE||69-55||W|| ||-|| ||-||25-51||49.0%||29||11||20-50||40.0%||34||21|
|3/9/2014||@ FLA GULF COAST||68-60||W||1||W||135.5||U||22-60||36.7%||40||7||24-58||41.4%||36||12|
|3/21/2014||*DUKE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|2/8/2014||@ BOSTON COLLEGE||89-68||W||-10||W||147.5||O||32-57||56.1%||37||8||23-50||46.0%||23||9|
|2/18/2014||@ GEORGIA TECH||68-51||W||-10.5||W||140.5||U||24-53||45.3%||30||5||18-46||39.1%||35||13|
|2/20/2014||@ N CAROLINA||66-74||L||-2.5||L||151||U||27-63||42.9%||30||12||26-55||47.3%||43||13|
|3/5/2014||@ WAKE FOREST||72-82||L||-12.5||L||145||O||27-63||42.9%||37||15||26-56||46.4%||35||10|
|3/21/2014||*MERCER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DUKE: Duke made an Elite Eight run last season before running into eventual national-champion Louisville on a team led by three seniors: Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly, all of whom are now gone to the NBA. But this season's squad has no shortage of talent, highlighted by incoming freshman Jabari Parker, who will be integral to an offense that fans can expect to be high-paced and resemble head coach Mike Krzyzewski's Olympic teams that opted for smaller and more athletic lineups. Parker, a 6-foot-8 wing, will likely start at the four with sophomore Amile Jefferson (4.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG in 12.7 MPG) at the five. The team's real strength, though, is on the perimeter where it will be bolstered by 6-foot-8 wing Rodney Hood, who will be a key to the offense after sitting out last season while transferring from Mississippi State. He was an All-SEC freshman in 2011-12, averaging 10.3 PPG and 4.8 RPG. Parker and Hood's height and athleticism should help make up for Jefferson not being a true center, while 7-footer Marshall Plumlee will play a reserve role. Also on the perimeter, Rasheed Sulaimon (11.6 PPG, 37% 3-pt FG) should be poised to improve in his sophomore campaign, already having demonstrated he can be an effective breakdown scorer. Quinn Cook (11.7 PPG, 5.3 APG) will run the show again, though he must be more consistent than he was as a sophomore. The final key piece could be Andre Dawkins, who rejoins the team after sitting out last year for personal reasons. He is one of the best 3-point shooters in the nation when he's on his game (40% 3-pt FG in career), though he could be challenged for minutes by both Tyler Thornton and freshman Matt Jones.|
| Five things to know about the Mercer-Duke matchup: |
A-SUN RIVALRY: Many fans remember FGCU pulling off those two upsets as a No. 15 seed and reaching the round of 16 last year. That run wouldn't have happened had the seeds held up in the Atlantic Sun tournament - and had No. 1 seed Mercer beaten FGCU in the title game on the Bears' home court. Forward Jakob Gollon said he had mixed feelings because he was happy for the A-Sun but, "We know that had we been the team that got the bid, we probably could have done something similar."
EXPERIENCE COUNTS: Mercer is the only team in the country to start five seniors in every game, and with seven of them on the roster, ranks as the fourth-most experienced team in the country, according to statsheet.com. Thomas said that works in the Bears' favor because, "We get to develop our friendship, both on and off the court, as teammates and roommates and everything, really." He added "that helps us a lot and I think it's shown in the past, these past couple of years especially, with so many mid majors coming in."
HOME SWEET HOME: Duke had the shortest trip of any of its four Triangle rivals in the tournament. The Blue Devils won't have to worry about fans from rival North Carolina booing them, either, because ACC champion Virginia is the other anchor team in the subregional. Duke is 2-0 in tournament games at PNC Arena and 32-5 in NCAA tournament games played in the state of North Carolina, but lost its last one - a 75-70 loss to 15th-seeded Lehigh two years ago in Greensboro.
NO HARD FEELINGS: Hoffman said he holds no grudges against Duke assistant Jeff Capel, who essentially fired him in 2006. Hoffman was Oklahoma's interim coach after Kelvin Sampson's departure and when Capel was hired as his permanent replacement, Hoffman was not retained and wound up coaching in the ABA before landing at Mercer in 2008. Hoffman said he understands the position Capel was in because "just as if I would have had the job, he got his own dudes."
COACH K'S STATS: Krzyzewski is making his 19th straight NCAA tournament appearance and he's the winningest coach in the history of the event, with an 82-25 record in it. No Division I team has a better tournament record than Duke, which is 99-33 in it.
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|Last Updated: 12/8/2016 8:00:41 PM EST|