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.
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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.
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
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.
83. West Virginia
88. Utah State (Mercer’s victim in the CIT champeenship game
94. Southern Cal (home of former FGCU coach)
119. Georgia State (about where the football team ranked ... but not out of 350 teams)
126. Georgia Tech
129. Seton Hall
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)
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.