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Vol Hoops Central: NIT 1st Round



March 18, 2013


TENNESSEE vs. MERCER
March 20, 2013   |   8 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

ABOUT MERCER
  • Located in Macon, Ga., Mercer has an enrollment of 8,200 and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. This year, the Bears captured their first outright regular-season A-Sun Championship with a 13-5 league record.
  • Veteran head coach Bob Hoffman, who is in his fifth season at Mercer, was named the 2013 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.


  • Bears guards Langston Hall and Travis Smith both earned second-team All-Atlantic Sun honors this season.
  • Mercer won at Florida State and Alabama this year and are allowing just 58.2 points per game.

TENNESSEE IN THE NIT
  • Tennessee is making its 13th appearance in the NIT, and the Vols own a 13-12 all-time record in the event.
  • UT's last NIT appearance came last season, when the top-seeded Vols defeated Savannah State before falling to Middle Tennessee (both in Knoxville).
  • The program's best showing came in 1985 when the Vols advanced to the semifinals in New York City and fell to Indiana before beating Louisville in the consolation game.


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