NCAA Tournament: Former Okla. coach Bob Hoffman leads Mercer to upset of Duke

An Oklahoman has provided the biggest bracket buster of the NCAA Tournament so far.

by Erik Horne Published: March 21, 2014
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Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman and players react to a Mercer three-point shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman and players react to a Mercer three-point shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

An Oklahoman has provided the biggest bracket buster of the NCAA Tournament so far.

No. 14-seed Mercer stunned 3-seed Duke 78-71 in the second round of the tournament on Friday. Mercer is coached by Bob Hoffman, an Oklahoma City native.

Hoffman has had various coaching stints in Oklahoma, from Southern Nazarene women’s hoops in the late 1980s – where he won an NAIA national championship in 1989 – to as recent as 2006 with the University of Oklahoma, where he was an assistant under Kelvin Sampson. Hoffman also played at Oklahoma Baptist and coached his alma mater from 1990-1999, and was The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Coach of the Year in 1983 after guiding Piedmont to the 3A state semifinals.

Hoffman has been at Mercer (Macon, Ga.) since 2008, but his biggest win came Friday over the Blue Devils, setting up a matchup against 11-seed Tennessee on Sunday in the round of 32.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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