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The Mercer Bears men's basketball team represents Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southern Conference. They are currently led by head coach Greg Gary and play their home games at Hawkins Arena.

Mercer Bears
2018–19 Mercer Bears men's basketball team
Mercer Bears wordmark.svg
UniversityMercer University
Head coachGreg Gary (1st season)
ConferenceSoCon
LocationMacon, Georgia
ArenaHawkins Arena
(Capacity: 3,500)
NicknameBears
Student sectionMercer Maniacs
ColorsBlack and Orange[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1972*, 1981, 1985, 2014
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
SIAA: 1924, 1925
TAAC/A-Sun: 1981, 1985, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
TAAC/A-Sun: 2003, 2013, 2014

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HistoryEdit

Mercer has competed in the NCAA Tournament three times, including 1981 and 1985; the team lost in the first round in both years.[2] The Bears won the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, defeating Utah State in the championship game; the victory was the first postseason championship won by a team from the Atlantic Sun Conference.[3]

Mercer's biggest win occurred at the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they beat third-seed Duke in the second round.

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Division I tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in three NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–3. Their latest appearance was the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 First Round Arkansas L 67–73
1985 First Round Georgia Tech L 58–65
2014 Second Round
Third Round
Duke
Tennessee
W 78–71
L 63–83

NCAA Division II tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1972 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Roanoke
Florida Southern
L 72–78
L 83–85

NIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee
BYU
W 75–67
L 71–90

CBI resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) two times. Their combined record is 2–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2015 First Round
Quarterfinals
Stony Brook
Louisiana–Monroe
W 72–70
L 69–71
2018 First Round
Quarterfinals
Grand Canyon
North Texas
W 78–73
L 67–96

CIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. They are 5–1 and were champions in 2012.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Tennessee State
Georgia State
Old Dominion
Fairfield
Utah State
W 68–60
W 64–59
W 79–73
W 64–59
W 70–67
2016 First Round Coastal Carolina L 57–65

NAIA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in two NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 First Round Hamline L 41–85
1954 First Round Arkansas Tech L 72–100

NIBT resultsEdit

The Bears participated in the 1922 National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament, the first national championship tournament ever held in intercollegiate basketball. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1922 Semifinals Wabash L 25–62

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Color - Mercer University Style Guide". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Mercer Bears". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Captures CIT Championship". Mercer University. Retrieved November 25, 2012.

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