If the McPherson College basketball teams were ships, you’d say right now they’re taking on water.
The Bulldog teams hope to alleviate the sinking tonight when they play their final KCAC games before the break as Oklahoma Wesleyan comes to town.
Tipoff is 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men. There is no radio broadcast tonight due to the high school games being aired on 96.7 KBBE-FM.
It's "Community Appreciation Night" as all fans receive free admission to the Sport Center.
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s women were ranked in the Top 25 in the NAIA national poll at one point, but have gone just 3-3 in KCAC play and 6-6 overall. However they’re still considered among the most dangerous threats to conference leader Tabor, which goes into tonight with a one-game lead over Friends and two-up on Kansas Wesleyan.
The Eagles lead the KCAC in scoring at nearly 79 points a game, but also are last in defense giving up nearly 77. They take a lot of 3-pointers, something the Bulldogs have had trouble defending. Mac gave up 17 treys to Kansas Wesleyan and 12 to Tabor in recent games.
The Bulldogs are 2-5 in the KCAC after starting conference play with wins over Southwestern and Bethel. However in their third game, they lost at the buzzer on a halfcourt shot against Ottawa, and that kick-started the team on a five-game losing streak. It should be noted, however, four of their losses are to the top four teams, with the other though against last-place Bethany.
In the men’s game, the Bulldogs have bottomed out since 6-8 standout center Reed Rowell was lost in the Ottawa game to a severe ankle injury. They went on to lose that game, as well as the next four without him. Mac is 1-6 in the KCAC, 3-11 overall after starting the year 2-0.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, which is making its second trip to McPherson as it lost to Central Christian College last month, is 3-3 in the KCAC and 5-7 overall. It is a very similar team to Bethany, a great collection of athletes that concentrate more on the offensive end than on defense. The Eagles will shoot the 3-pointer from everywhere and use very little of the shot clock as they like to get up and down the floor.
These aren’t the final Mac games before Christmas, however. The women host Southwestern Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, while the men head to California for games Thursday and Saturday. They play at Life Pacific College on Thursday and La Sierra University on Saturday.