The timing might not be all that good for Kennesaw State to entertain upset thoughts.
Five days ago, Mercer was humbled in a convincing loss at USC Upstate, and the Bears have had almost a week to stew about it.
The Owls are up next.
Mercer will try to get back on track Friday night against the A-Suns cellar dwellers when the Bears visit Kennesaw State in conference action.
Its the A-Sun game of the week, at least in name -- the game is part of the conferences television package that is carried in Macon and Warner Robins by Cox Sports Television. Even with Sundays 80-61 loss at USC Upstate, Mercer clinched a spot in the A-Sun tournament.
There was no suspense involved in that, but theres plenty in the race for the top seed and the home-court advantage throughout the tournament.
Mercer is 18-6 overall and 9-2 in conference play, having dropped a spot in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll to 13th, one spot behind Georgia State and three behind early-season non-conference opponent Ohio.
The Bears are tied with Florida Gulf Coast for first, both with two losses. The Eagles hammered Jacksonville 100-71 on Thursday.
Kennesaw State is on track for its fifth single-digit-win season since moving up to Division I. Mercers 18 wins this season matches the Owls win total for the past three-plus seasons.
The Owls havent been above .500 in a season since mid-November of 2010.
Kennesaw State is billing the game as Rivalry Night with tailgating and assorted other activities.
The first 1,000 fans get LED batons with rally towels, and theyre to be quiet until the Owls score four points.
Such plans worked 11 months ago when the Owls picked up an 83-75 upset over the Bears.
Mercers visit two seasons ago set an attendance record of 4,991 for the Bears 61-57 win.
Kennesaw State has lost seven straight, a streak that would be at 16 had the Owls not surprised USC Upstate by 10 on Jan. 6, two days after the Spartans lost a tough overtime game at Mercer.
Willy Kouassi is on a roll for the Owls with consecutive 15-point games against Florida Gulf Coast and USC Upstate, getting 17 rebounds in those two games.
The Owls still ride guard Delbert Love, who leads with 11 points and 2.5 assists a game, and is shooting 37.4-percent on 3-pointers.
Mercer has six players getting between 7.1 and 13.8 points and four with 4.3-6.6 rebounds a game.
Langston Hall leads the way with 13.8 points, 5.8 steals and 1.4 steals.
Mercer returns home for the first time since Jan. 25 on Thursday when it welcomes Lipscomb.