Team preview: Mercer

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 6:15 PM ET
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Despite winning a share of the Atlantic Sun's regular-season championship and posting the biggest turnaround in NCAA history, Mercer was left out of the postseason last year.

Mercer, which went from 6-23 in 2001-02 to 23-6 last season, was the league's best rebounding team (+6.7 margin) and also ranked first in overall field-goal percentage (.472) and three-point percentage (.379). The Bears were second in scoring offense (78.3 ppg), assists (17.0) and field-goal percentage defense (.419).