Busted Bracket: Mercer Madness has an unexpected Oklahoma connection
MACON, Ga. – A small university that defeated a basketball powerhouse in the first round provided what will likely be one of the best upsets in the tournament and busted a lot of basketball fans’ brackets.
On Friday afternoon, 14-seed Mercer University defeated 3-seed Duke, one of the most storied programs in the tournament, 78-71.
Mercer is led by head coach Bob Hoffman, who has quite a few ties to the Sooner State.
Hoffman is originally from Oklahoma City and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1979.
He also served for two years as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Hoffman helped guide the Sooners to the first Big 12 championship in school history.
However, OU wasn’t the only Oklahoma team Hoffman coached.
He also was the head women’s basketball coach at Southern Nazarene University.
Prior to him becoming the coach, the team had never posted a winning season.
Under his leadership, the group won the 1989 NAIA National Championship in his second season with the school.
He also coached at Oklahoma Baptist in 1990 and was named National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times.