Duke is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the tournament.
Duke enters the tournament with a 26-8 record and is coming off a loss to Virginia in the ACC Championship game.
Mercer enters the tournament with an identical record of Duke at 26-8 and earned an automatic bid to the big dance after winning the Atlantic Sun. The Bears like to push the pace and average 79.3 points per game, meaning we should see an exciting matchup between to two teams that are very efficient at scoring the basketball.
Last season, it was another Atlantic Sun team that took the NCAA Tournament by storm when Florida Gulf Coast was the surprise with its opening weekend upsets of Georgetown and San Diego State.
Mercer is led in scoring by Langston Hall, a 6’4” senior who averages 14.7 points per game.
Should Duke defeat Mercer, it will face either UMass, Iowa, or Tennessee in its third round tournament game.
It’s the first time in the NCAA Tournament for Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, Duke’s two leading scorers. Jabari Parker leads the team with 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and will be heavily relied upon if Duke is able to make a deep run through the tournament.
It’s the 19th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Devils and the 29th time Mike Krzyzewski has led the team to the big dance.