March 21: Mercer Upsets Duke, the World Rejoices
You either love Duke, or you hate them. That’s why most of the country was thrilled to see 14-seed Mercer knock off the 3-seed Blue Devils, 78-71, in the first round of last March’s NCAA Tournament – brackets be damned. Mercer wasn’t the only team to score an upset, either. The 2014 tournament had the second most of all-time, making it one of the more memorable tourneys in years. The good news is that we can expect more of these in the future thanks to the NBA’s one-and-done rule, which rushthecourt.net editor Randy McClure says makes power programs like Duke much more volatile. “Sometimes that manifests itself in a talented but inexperienced team losing to a hungry group of overlooked seniors (Duke vs. Mercer); other times it shows up in an unlikely run to the National Championship game (Kentucky’s wild ride from #8 seed to national finalist),” McClure explains. As long as Duke keeps losing, most of the country will be smiling.
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