Mercer relies on experience in huge upset of Duke

Mercer players celebrate after stunning No. 3 Duke 78-71 in Friday's March Madness action. (Getty...

Mercer players celebrate after stunning No. 3 Duke 78-71 in Friday's March Madness action. (Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

It’s Mercer Madness.

The small Georgia school, seeded No. 14, pulled off the biggest shocker of a tourney already filled with them, dropping mighty Duke 78-71 in Raleigh, N.C. There was no mercy from Mercer for the No. 3 seed (Blue) Devils as a Mike Krzyzewski-led favourite was upset yet again early on.

North Americans love to hate on Duke more than any other NCAA school and plucky underdogs seem to love dropping them when nobody is expecting it.

Since 2007, Duke has now lost to 15, 14 and 11 seeds and becomes the fifth team to lose twice as a top-three seed in the Round of 64. According to ESPN, Duke’s .692 winning percentage as a top-three seed is the worst in the tourney over the past decade and Coach K is the sixth coach in NCAA history to have fallen five times to double-digit seeds.

Few teams have more experience than the Bears and the team’s seven seniors helped lead Mercer to its first-ever NCAA tournament win.


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