Note starting time for Mac games here Saturday

By Steve Sell
January 06, 2017

It will be an afternoon special on Saturday for McPherson College’s basketball teams when they entertain Ottawa University at the Sport Center.

Game times are earlier than normal as the Mac women host the Braves at 3 p.m., with the men’s game at 5.

The Bulldog women will be attempting to get back to .500 in the KCAC at 5-5 and reach double digits for wins on the season as they moved to 9-8 after Thursday’s 62-57 victory over York College.

Ottawa is in good position so far to host a first-round KCAC playoff game as it is 6-3 in the conference and 10-7 overall. Four Braves score in double figures, led by guard Madison Stewart, who tosses in 17 points a game. OU also has one of the premier centers in the KCAC in 6-0 senior Ashley Romig, who has staple on the All-KCAC team since her freshman year.

The Mac men are looking to end a six-game losing streak against KCAC teams as they haven’t won since Game 3 against Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Bulldogs are 1-8 in the conference and need to get moving just to make the playoff field. Mac is 7-10 overall.

Ottawa is 4-5 in the KCAC and 6-10 overall as it has underachieved a bit as preseason expectations were high. Newcomer Titus Rice, who has a 38-point game to his credit, averages 16.6 points a game, just ahead of 6-6 Logan Bullinger, who scores 16.3.

The first round of the 22-game KCAC schedule concludes on Thursday. The Bulldogs will head to Southwestern, while Ottawa goes to York.