Record: 26-8 How they got here: Won Atlantic Sun Tournament. Strengths: Mercer entered the final weekend of the regular season ranked No. 26 in scoring (79.3 ppg), with its up-tempo offense helping the team earn wins over Ole Miss and Seton Hall. The Bears are making their first trip to the Big Dance since 1985, beating Florida Gulf Coast in the league title game to prevent another Dunk City Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament. Weaknesses: The Bears lack height, depth and faced a relatively weak schedule, lacking the signature wins that helped telegraph conference-mate Florida Gulf Coast had the potential to pull off tournament upsets last season.
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