1. On a roll: Mercer has won three straight games as it prepares for its final non-conference game of the season. The Bears, who are 6-0 at home, host St. Andrews on Friday.
2. Tobacco Road trip: Northern Kentucky gets a taste of college basketball royalty when it travels to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina on Friday.
3. Slow schedule: There is only one game Saturday featuring A-Sun action: East Tennessee State hosting Valparaiso.
4. Opening conference play: There are four conference games Monday as A-Sun play tips off: Mercer at Jacksonville, Kennesaw State at North Florida, Lipscomb at Stetson and Northern Kentucky at Florida Gulf Coast.