Area colleges: Ex-Bears Emersons make TV debut

Macon TelegraphJanuary 12, 2014 

There must be something about people from Macon and Home & Garden TV?

Add former Mercer athletes Daniel Emerson and Chelsea Gebben Emerson to the network's connection to Macon.

Emerson was the third in his family to play basketball at Mercer, suiting up for the Bears from 2008-10.

His wife was on the Bears' volleyball team from 2006-09, setting an NCAA record with 22 consecutive service aces in a set as a freshman and graduating in 2010.

They were married in the summer of 2010, lived in Belgium while Daniel spent a year playing pro basketball, then lived to Orlando before another move, to Atlanta.

The show follows first-time home-buyers through the process.

The Emersons became parents to daughter Finley on Nov. 5, 2012 in November of 2012 while they were living in Orlando. The move to Atlanta came in the spring of 2013, with the house-hunting in the summer.

Ironically, the original episode that ran on Tuesday came two hours before the debut of Macon Realtor JoJo Jones on the network's first episode of "Beat The House."

The Emersons' episode is on again this Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

A good rerun

Speaking of reruns, Mercer’s romp over Kennesaw State from Friday night will play again on Cox Sports TV Sunday night at 9.

I’ll have to watch and see that first Mercer turnover, 30 minutes into the game.

And you can see the rim-bruiser thrown down by Ike Nwamu. It comes with 5 minutes left in the first half. Nwamu’s hammer is highlighted here.

RPI watch

Mercer continues to impress anybody who watches, and the Bears remain by far the highest RPI team in the A-Sun. We’ll let the Southern Conference slide this go ‘round.

CBS and ESPN RPIs are as of Sunday morning. The NCAA’s first RPI came out on Jan. 10, not sure what time.

Team           NCAA CBS ESPN

Mercer         79 80 88

USC Upstate 179 185 186

FGCU           194 211 206

North Florida 209 202 212

ETSU           224 222 226

Northern Ky. 261 264 263

Lipscomb      263 266 266

Kennesaw St 294 286 288

Jacksonville 311 301 307

Stetson        345 344 347

The NCAA’s started on Jan. 10, before Friday’s action, and thus before Mercer-Kennesaw State and Jacksonville’s win Saturday over FGCU. CBS and ESPN are after midnight Saturday.

Upstate and FGCU both have bad losses, to No. 294 Kennesaw State and No. 311 Jacksonville. Mercer's worst loss overall is to No. 228 Evansville.

Mercer’s non-conference Division I opponents aren’t having normal years, especially Valparaiso. But Mercer’s RPI can go up a little if those teams, in higher-rated conferences, keep winning.

The highest-ranked opponent (current NCAA RPI) of the previous two seasons:

20. New Mexico

27 FSU

39. Tennessee

50. Missouri

69. Wake Forest

And here’s a list of notables in the NCAA’s RPI, which won’t change hourly. Mercer has passed some of the nation’s more well-known mid-majors.

34. Oklahoma

57. Ohio

61. Texas

72. Mississippi

81. Butler

83. West Virginia

85. Stanford

88. Utah State (Mercer’s victim in the CIT champeenship game

93. Indiana

94. Southern Cal (home of former FGCU coach)

102. Marquette

112. Vanderbilt

119. Georgia State (about where the football team ranked ... but not out of 350 teams)

123. Clemson

126. Georgia Tech

129. Seton Hall

166. Auburn

188. Denver

190. Georgia (before beating Alabama)

193. College of Charleston (never really has regained its old TAAC magic)

204. Murray State

217. Winthrop (used to be an NCAA darling)

228. Evansville

233. Yale

302. Georgia Southern (wow).

319. Savannah State

Mercer, FGCU, North Florida, ETSU and Upstate are the teams with winning overall records. Nobody's really close to Mercer, which does have a rep-wounding three wins against non-Division I competition, quite weak competition.

Others with three non-Division I opponents (and NCAA RPI): 32. North Dakota State, 40. Eastern Michigan, 53. Green Bay; 92. Louisiana Lafayette; 139. Elon; 144. IPFW; 152. Youngstown State.

And plenty of others who needed that many games. Mercer needs a schedule free of non-Division I, unless it's a regional Division II that might bring in some money.

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