Coming off a 11-19 campaign that went in the toilet right after we beat them in Macon, the mighty Mercer Bears return leading scorer James Florence and top rebounder Calvin Henry.
They beat Piedmont 89-63 to open the season, holding Piedmont to 8-27 shooting in the 2nd half to run away. Florence and Daniel Emerson led the way scoring 19 and 16 each. Emerson had a monster game on the boards pulling in 19.
Here's a preview from Mercer's website.
No player on the roster is taller than 6'8", don't seem to have a legitimate 3 point shooter outside of Florence, and struggle at the FT line. That's not good. They did lose to Georgia College and State (didn't know that was a real school) in their final exhibition game due to cold shooting in the 2nd half (7-21). Here's a box score of that game for those that need to know.
Prediction- Pain... and lots of it. While I don't know much about Mercer, losing to GA College and State makes it hard to take them seriously. While I'm aware of our shortcomings (and there's plenty of them) we should dominate Mercer like we did those hapless exhibition scrimmages the past 10 days. Alabama 88 Mercer 60 and Greg Cage scores 4 in mop up duty.