McPherson College’s basketball teams will return to the Sport Center Tuesday night with Ottawa University coming to town for a key KCAC doubleheader.
The women’s game starts at 6 p.m., the men at 8. Both games will be aired on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Chris Swick handling the play-by-play call.
For the Mac women, it’s the only game of the week, while the men head to Bellevue, Neb., on Friday for a two-day classic with games against York and College of the Ozarks, both highly skilled teams. In fact, York already owns a decisive victory over Mac in the recent Bethel Classic.
The Mac women enter Tuesday in a tie for the KCAC lead with Tabor and Oklahoma Wesleyan, as all three are 2-0. Friends and Saint Mary are 1-0 as both already have used up one of their two open dates since the conference now has 11 teams.
Ottawa is 0-2, but has lost to undefeateds Tabor and Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Braves are a deceiving 1-6 overall, as they were thought by many to be a potential Top 4 team, based on having several key players back, including center Ashley Romig and guard Madison Stewart.
The men’s game is huge for both teams. Mac and OU are both 1-1 in the KCAC and each recorded its first conference win on Saturday, the Bulldogs defeating Bethel while Ottawa got the better of Oklahoma Wesleyan.
A key will be the health of OU star Marshon Norfleet, who is listed day-to-day because of an injured hamstring. Norfleet, who has missed the past several games, has been a Bulldog killer in the past, but that didn’t hurt OU in its win on Saturday. Ottawa has plenty of other standouts, including Preston Oakes and Hollis Mitchell. Oakes led OU on Saturday with 17 points.