After celebrating a road win over Georgia Tech and then Christmas, Mercer is back on the road for a non-conference men’s basketball meeting with Tulsa.
The teams meet at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the 8,355-seat Donald W. Reynolds Center.
There may be at least a few Mercer fans on hand. Head coach Bob Hoffman is from Oklahoma City, played at and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist, then coached there as well as Oklahoma and Southern Nazerene. Center Monty Brown and guard Marquisse Jackson are both Oklahoma natives. Mercer is 8-5, ranked 101st in CollegeRPI.com. Tulsa is 5-7 and ranked 201st.
The Golden Hurricane opened the season with three straight wins, but have beaten only Jackson State and Texas-Arlington since then.
They lost 83-64 to Creighton on Dec. 19 and haven’t played since then. Losses to Northwestern, St. Joseph’s, Missouri State, Oklahoma State and Arizona State have been by a total of 19 points.
Jordan Clarkson averages 15.3 points to lead Tulsa, while Scottie Haralson adds 12.2 points. Tulsa averages 5.2 blocks per game, and Kodi Maduka and D.J. Magley team for 12.7 rebounds.
Sophomore Langston Hall’s 13.1 points lead Mercer, followed by Justin Cecil at 10.8 points. It’s the first meeting between Tulsa and Mercer.
The road swing ends on Friday when Mercer cross half of the country to play Navy in Annapolis, Md. Then the Bears return to A-Sun play on Monday when Florida Gulf Coasts visits in a women’s/men’s doubleheader.