It's been a tough year for the McPherson College and Bethany College men's basketball teams, but records mean little when they get together.
For the Bulldogs, Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game at the Sport Center with county rival Bethany represents a chance for them to catch the Swedes in the KCAC standings.
The only problem is the teams are 11th (Bethany) and 12th (Mac) in the standings. But if you’re the Bulldogs and Swedes, it's about picking up a desperately needed conference win.
The Swedes handily won the first meeting in Lindsborg 78-60, but they have won only once in KCAC play since. They are 2-10, compared to Mac’s 1-11, with the Bulldogs’ win coming against Bethel, which on Saturday blasted the Swedes, 101-75.
Bethany is 6-14 overall and Mac is 4-16. It’s the first of two home games for the Bulldogs this week as they host Tabor on Saturday.
The 6 p.m. women’s game also matches teams a game apart in the KCAC standings. Bethany is 7-5 and Mac is 6-6, but the Bulldogs won the first meeting, 62-53.
Bethany is 11-8 overall, while Mac is 10-9, but it’s been trending in the wrong direction with a 3-7 record in its last 10 games.
Mac is 8-1 at home and Bethany, surprisingly, is 5-2 on the road, but 6-6 in home and neutral site games.
This is the first of two rivalry games for Bethany this week as it hosts its most intense rival Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.