KCAC begins conference play tonight

By Steve Sell
November 17, 2016

The preliminaries, what few there were, are now over.

The KCAC basketball season begins in earnest tonight even though December is still a ways away.

There’s probably not a coach in the conference that is happy to be starting KCAC play this early, but that’s the cards dealt now that there’s 12 teams. There are some who believe the conference race can go a long way toward being determined before Christmas arrives. McPherson College, for example, plays eight conference games before January.

Some teams — like Saint Mary’s and Southwestern’s men — have shoehorned seven games into their season so far. Then you have a school like Saint Mary’s women that has played only three games.

What will be interesting to see is whether or not some schools scheduled “soft,” or if they are the real deal.

For example, Saint Mary and Southwestern’s men are 7-0, while surprising Bethel is 6-0. On the women’s side, Sterling is 4-0.

The biggest misnomers so far are that Tabor’s men are 1-3 and their women are 3-2. Last year the Tabor men ran the table in the KCAC at 20-0 and the women lost only one game. They schedule top teams for non-conference play, harder than about any other team.

Tonight will prove just how legit Bethel’s men are as they head into Tabor, which has been a house of horrors for KCAC teams. Another highlight matchup is Oklahoma Wesleyan’s women at Friends, as they’re generally regarded as the top two contenders to Tabor.