Duke Mercer at 12:15 pm
NCAA Tournament Day 2 early open thread
yay for smart phones that allow me to listen all afternoon
....and rather heavily on many sites, if you line up Mercer's stats, they actually average more assists and rebounds than Duke and have close to the same eFG% on their respective seasons as well. Mercer also allows a lower eFG% on defense and gets more blocks on average than Duke. Turnovers and a knack for fouling might cost Mercer though.
Spot on so far, with 3 TOs and 3 fouls going into the first TV timeout.
Duke rebouding more than half of their misses, while Mercer has yet to grab an OREB. Hopefully they can change that otherwise they won't stay tied for long.
Duke looks like crap.
Yea, if Mercer ever learned the box out they could actually make it a game.
Yeah, but how are they playing today?
Day 2 of heaven. Two good ones on to watch. However, Baylor's uniforms are an atrocity against mankind and literally streak across the screen like a damn highlighter (I have a very mid-level tv, so I know it's not a low quality tv issue).
I picked UNL over Baylor half because I actually feel okay picking that B1G team to win, and half because I don't want to have to see those unis any longer than is necessary.
If Mercer hit half of their bunnies, they'd be tied right now.
Mercer just ripped Jabari Parker! 2 point game again. Duke needs to quit hitting 3/4s of the Threes they take.
Mercer hits a three!
Duke by 1 at half. Coach K actually doing his halftime interview.
Nebraska has more turnovers than points and there are 11 minutes left in the first half. Wow.
35-34 Duke at half
like a team with no NCAA tourney history, refs are the stars so far
Bad is being kind. They'll be lucky to score 20 by halftime. Luckily, Baylor is also terrible.
I really respect Duke and Coach K and usually pull for them *ducks*. But damn if Mercer wins we would have exactly one game in which we weren't overwhelming favorites in order to get to the Final Four. /thingsthatareirrelevantbecausedukewillwinby100
I hate that Coach K sounds like he's crying everytime they interview him.
Come on Mercer! I would LOVE it if the Dookies got knocked out in the first round.
Something tells me that Mercer's fortunes will expire in the second half, but hey...that's what I thought about Dayton-OSU yesterday, too. Yeah, Duke getting knocked out in the opening game is always a great thing.
go Mercer go go
Damn Peteway cant get a shot to fall. They will lose if that continues.
Also, on a semi-related note, Nebraska can't really get anyone to hit a shot.
What's going on with Nebraska? They can't buy a bucket.
Is Brady Heslip on the Robbie Hummel/Aaron Craft 6 year plan?
Also, Baylor's uniforms are really really ugly.
They are ugly.
next to those things.
20 combined fouls in just over 15 minutes. To say this game has been called tightly is an understatement. Really hurts Nebraska more than Baylor.
Sidenote- Baylor uniforms remind me of Oregon- when did Baylor acquire the Highlighter color on their uniforms?
Rachel Nichols has been going downhill.
She's still a 1 on the binary scale.
Yeah the head bob thing was so annoying. As for her being a 1 in binary, I'm starting to question that now. Before, it was a 1 in a slightly annoying way, but not sure now.
At least she fixed that little head bob tick she had. "This is Rachel Nichols" *head bob* "ESPN News"
She'd always say the "N" in "ESPN" very, very strangely. Like hang onto it for a few more syllables. She later stopped doing this, but I thought it was humorous at the time.
And I don't even care if it screws my bracket...I got Michigan beating Dook anyway.
Keep it up, Mercer!
Mercer actually getting a little respect from the refs.
Duke cooling off 43-40 Mercer.
11 points in 17 minutes.
My Nebraska to the Sweet 16 Cinderella pick is looking ugly right now, down 14 at half.
I think you latched onto the wrong slipper.
Which is almost double their total points in the first 20. I mean, seriously? 16 points in one half? Even Wofford did better than that!
Duke is hacking at Michigan state levels right now.
How does a team with a winning record in the Big Ten score 16 points in a half? That's a bad high school JV team score.
Hopefully they'll relax and just play some ball.
I have been listening to the Duke/Mercer in my office. Please let this upset occur.
Why does Duke act like they've won the national title everytime they hit a shot?
I think it's more of them being petrified of losing another 1st round game.
He's been an absolute beast on the boards in this game.
That 2nd chance points difference is crazy, 17-0!? And you're tied? What the hell is going on?