Mercer didn’t get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament last season, instead the team watched Atlantic Sun rival Florida Gulf Coast become the nation’s darling, making a Sweet 16 run and earning the nickname Dunk City along the way.
After a 78-71 Round of 64 upset win over No. 3 seed, the Bears made sure to put together some of their own memorable moments. While Kevin Canevari broke out something called the nae-nae dance, Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman gave an awesome postgame interview with Rachel Nichols.
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In the background, Daniel Coursey did his best Ric Flair impression with a pair of, “Wooos!” At the :05 second mark you can see Anthony White Jr. videobomb his head coach with a robot dance straight out of Chappelle’s Show.
Then there was the interview itself.
With his voice cracking, Hoffman tells Nichols, “You’re never too old to celebrate.”
Moments later he yelled out, “Praise the Lord! Woo!”
Harvard and North Dakota State advanced after upsets on Thursday and several other mid-majors are looking to become Cinderellas as well. But it’ll be hard to top how Mercer has captivated all of college basketball on Friday afternoon.
Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.