In a couple of weeks, Darious Moten will get his wish as the Mercer Bears will head to Asheville, North Carolina, for their first trip to the Southern Conference tournament.
But before then, the Bears have four regular-season games to play – two on the road and two at home. That begins Thursday with a trip to Chattanooga.
Mercer (15-12, 10-4 Southern Conference) then heads to Samford on Saturday.
“I’ve been looking forward to finishing the regular season and getting to the conference tournament,” Moten said after the Bears’ win over UNC Greensboro last weekend. “Those are the games that really matter for us.”
These final four regular-season games matter, as well, as the Bears still have a chance to win the conference regular-season title. At the very least, these games can get the Bears to the conference tournament in a strong position. Wofford leads the conference standings at 12-2, while Chattanooga (18-9 overall) is second at 11-3. Mercer beat Chattanooga in overtime in their first meeting.
East Tennessee State is tied for fourth with Western Carolina at 8-7.
After this week’s road trip, Mercer returns home next week to host Wofford and East Tennessee State. The Bears lost to both of those teams in their first meeting.
The Bears have reached 15 wins overall and 10 wins in conference play in each of head coach Bob Hoffman’s seven years with the program. Mercer has won at least 20 games the past three seasons.
“That’s amazing stuff for this program, but we’re not finished yet with this season,” Hoffman said. “We have some bigger things we want to accomplish, and we have to play well these last few games to get there.”