McPherson College’s basketball teams are about to embark on a brutal stretch of games.
The Bulldogs will encounter a heavy dose of conference play, with five games in a span of 12 days.
It starts on Thursday when the Mac cagers travel to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan at the palatial Mabee Arena. Join 96.7 KBBE-FM’s Chris Swick for all the play-by-play action as pregame is set for 5:40 p.m. The women tip off at 6 and the men at 8.
Mac hosts Friends on Saturday, then has two road games next week (Bethany, Tabor) before hosting Oklahoma Wesleyan on the 15th to complete the gauntlet.
For the women, four of the five games are against the best teams in the KCAC. Thursday’s game against Kansas Wesleyan will be difficult, as Bulldog coach Gordon Reimer has said repeatedly he believes the Coyotes have the best talent in the conference.
Mac is 2-1 in the KCAC, its last game a gut-wrenching loss at the buzzer on a near halfcourt 3-pointer to Ottawa, 62-60. Had that prayer not been answered, the Bulldogs would have been sitting pretty at the top of the KCAC with Tabor at 3-0. Saint Mary is the only other undefeated team in the conference at 2-0.
The Mac men, still without injured big man Reed Rowell, are matched against an improved Coyote team on Thursday. Wesleyan is one of only two teams to defeat Central Christian College and may be the conference’s most improved team as it stunned Bethany in the biggest upset in the KCAC in the early season.
The Coyotes played on Tuesday against York, losing an 89-75 verdict. The Panthers recently defeated the Bulldogs 108-75.
This five-game stretch also is tough for the Mac men, who are 1-2 in the KCAC and 3-7 overall. Friends, Tabor and Bethany are all considered championship contenders, though the Swedes have underachieved with an 0-2 conference start. However, they have as good of talent as any of the top teams as three players were All-KCAC picks during the preseason.