The McPherson County basketball rivalry between McPherson College and Bethany College will be revisited on Thursday at the Sport Center.
The women tip off the action at 6 p.m., with the men to follow. Coverage on 96.7 KBBE-FM, with Chris Swick on the call, starts at 5:45 p.m.
After Thursday, just four games remain as the teams are jockeying for position for the postseason tournament. Eight of the 11 teams advance.
In the women’s game, the Bulldogs are two games clear of the bottom three teams, which includes Bethany. Mac is 7-8 in the KCAC and Bethany is 4-10, though it defeated the Bulldogs in the first meeting in Lindsborg. Mac, however, has played well at home this year and took fourth-place Kansas Wesleyan into double-overtime here last week before losing.
The Swedes have been surging behind the play of Smoky Valley product Kimi Lindshield, who had a triple-double against third-place Oklahoma Wesleyan last week. The Swedes also feature Adriane Davis, last year’s top KCAC scorer who has missed a chunk of the season with an injury but is now back.
In the men’s game, the Swedes are staging a late surge to move up the conference ladder while the Bulldogs have almost been eliminated as they practically have to win out.
Bethany is 6-8 in the KCAC as there’s a real cluster of teams with eight and nine losses. Mac is 3-12 and three games back of the eighth-place team.
The Swedes are one of the most athletic teams in the KCAC and their record has been punctuated by a passel of close losses. They recently nearly dealt KCAC leader Tabor its first loss of the year, only to see the Bluejays win on a last-second shot. Bethany is an explosive offensive team as it’s among the scoring leaders in the conference.