Mercer men's basketball looking for first SoCon win today against Samford

The Mercer Bears welcome the Samford Bulldogs to Hawkins Arena later today, looking for their first SoCon win of the season./(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- It has not been the start to Southern Conference play that the Mercer Bears were expecting. Three games into it's conference schedule, Mercer is 0-3, with losses to ETSU, Furman, and Western Carolina.

They'll look to get into the win column later today when they welcome Samford into Hawkins Arena.

The Bears' struggles in conference play are indicative of the tough season they've had overall. They've lost seven games by 10 points or fewer, including four one-possession games. Their record currently sits at 7-9 overall.

Mercer will play host to a Samford team with a similar record (7-10), but is 3-1 in SoCon play so far this year.

Before the season started, the Bears were voted as the favorites to win the SoCon by conference coaches, which makes their early lack of success even more frustrating.

Tip-off against Samford will be today at 4:00 p.m. in Hawkins Arena.

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