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Mercer basketball takes home ESPY Best Upset award

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The Mercer Bears brought their bracket-busting dance moves to the NCAA Tournament by defeating the Duke Blue Devils. (©GettyImages)
The Mercer Bears brought their bracket-busting dance moves to the NCAA Tournament by defeating the Duke Blue Devils. (©GettyImages).

The Mercer Bears upset the sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils as part of last year's insane March Madness.

Though they didn't finish the tournament with a trophy, the Bears did receive at least one award: The 2014 ESPY for "Best Upset" at Wednesday's awards show at Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

These Bad News Bears made it to the national spotlight by beating the Blue Devils 78-71 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was only the 18th No. 14 seed in tourney history to knock off a No. 3 seed.

But were the Bears the clear owners of best upset?

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UFC Upset

Chris Weidman's knockout of Anderson Silva during the UFC middleweight championship was one of three contenders for the title. Weidman ended Silva's run of 2,458 days as the champion with a cleaving left hook to the chin.

That hit put Silva on the ground and allowed Weidman to finish him on the ground, which gave the UFC its first new 185-pound champion since Silva won the title in 2006.

It was quite the upset, considering Silva had gone 16-0 in the UFC and had won 10 consecutive title bouts. However, many of Weidman's peers and analysts had predicted the upset, though perhaps not in such a dominant fashion.

UConn Can't

UConn's unlikely run to the NCAA Tournament title, led by senior guard Shabazz Napier, was the other upset considered.

However, it's probably fair to say that Mercer's defeat of Duke was the greatest. After all, even if the Blue Devils have a history of early bow-outs, no one at all expected the Bears to win.

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