Ga. (Mercer Release) - Four 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, four BCS opponents and an 18-game
Atlantic Sun conference schedule highlight the 2013-14 Mercer men's basketball
schedule as released by head coach Bob Hoffman on Friday.
a huge opportunity for us to have 16 home games and a chance to be in our arena
where we've had great crowds," Hoffman said. "Away from home, we'll be
stretched everywhere we go. There's a very good likelihood that all six
non-conference road games will be against top-100 RPI teams."
non-conference games spanning the first two months of the year serve as the
team's warm-up before A-Sun competition begins on December 30. The season
officially gets underway on November 8, when the Bears travel to Austin to take
on Texas - marking the team's first road season opener since defeating No. 18
Southern California in 2007.
Texas, Mercer returns to Macon for the home opener against Reinhardt on
November 13 and then welcomes Seton Hall to town on November 16. The
Bears are back on the road against Evansville on November 18 and then host
Johnson and Wales on November 20. The annual homecoming game features a
noon tipoff against Yale on Saturday, November 23.
three-game road stretch closes November and leads into December as Mercer
travels to Ohio (Nov. 26), Valparaiso (Nov. 29) and Oklahoma (Dec. 2).
Denver and Alcorn State come to Macon on December 7 and December 16 before
Mercer heads to Mississippi for the final non-conference road game on December
A-Sun debut comes on the second to last day of the calendar year, when the
Bears challenge Jacksonville in the River City. The double round-robin
format sees Mercer meet each conference opponent at home and on the road.
Notable games include the CSS A-Sun Game of the Week against Kennesaw State on
January 10, a home test against 2013 Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast on
January 23 and the regular season finale at Hawkins Arena against Jacksonville
on March 1.
you had your druthers, you'd hope to be in a good position that final week,"
Hoffman said. "It seems every year it comes down to those final games,
and we'd love to be in the right place at the end. It won't be easy,
because in this league you can win and lose by one possession every day."
Oklahoma, Mississippi and FGCU all made NCAA Tournament appearances a year
ago. Seven teams (Valparaiso, Oklahoma, Mississippi, FGCU, Ohio,
Evansville, Denver) reached to the 20-win plateau in 2012-13.