INFOGRAPHICS: Mercer becomes 18th 14 to beat a No. 3

The first game of Friday picked up right where Thursday left off: With some terrific basketball and even more people's brackets doubling as tinder.

Mercer's 78-71 win over Duke in the Midwest region signaled the 18th time in 30 seasons that a No. 14 seed has beaten a No. 3. Below, you can see that Mercer was the least-liked 14 among users in the Round of 64.

In terms of history, we've now had a 14 win in back-to-back seasons. It's nice, but nothing compared to that run from 1986-1992 in which a No. 14 won at least one game every time.

We've only had two tourneys in the modern era (64/65/68 teams) that have seen two 14s win. But we're only halfway done this year. Creighton plays UL Lafayette shortly, and Iowa State goes up against North Carolina Central Friday night.

The 14s-over-3s since the field expanded.

Year Winner Loser Score
2013 Harvard New Mexico 68-62
2010 Ohio Georgetown 97-83
2006 Northwestern State Iowa 64-63
2005 Bucknell Kansas 64-63
1999 Weber State North Carolina 76-74
1998 Richmond South Carolina 62-61
1997 Chattanooga Georgia 73-70
1995 Old Dominion Villanova 89-81 (3OT)
1995 Weber State Michigan State 79-72
1992 East Tennessee State Arizona 87-80
1991 Xavier Nebraska 89-84
1990 Northern Iowa Missouri 74-71
1989 Siena Stanford 80-78
1988 Murray State NC State 78-75
1987 Austin Peay Illinois 68-67
1986 Cleveland State Indiana 83-79
1986 Arkansas-Little Rock Notre Dame 90-83
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