Key road games for Bulldogs on Saturday

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2020

Every game matters.

McPherson College’s basketball teams will have one more week left in the regular season after Saturday’s crucial road games in Salina against Kansas Wesleyan.

Game time is 5:00 for the women, 7:00 for the men.

For the Mac men, a win keeps them in the hunt for the KCAC championship. Ottawa (16-5 in the KCAC) has a one-game lead over Oklahoma Wesleyan (15-6), while Friends (15-7), McPherson College (14-7), Southwestern (14-7), Bethel (13-8) and Kansas Wesleyan (13-8) are all jockeying for position.

The Mac-KW game is the biggest on the schedule. Ottawa, Bethel, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Friends and Southwestern play the five teams at the bottom of the standings.

The Bulldogs were a 15-point winner, 80-65, over the Coyotes when the teams met last month at the Sport Center.

The Mac women are in must-win mode, even to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Kansas Wesleyan is leading the conference and dominated the Bulldogs in the first meeting. The final was 75-58, but the Coyotes were up huge in the second half before Mac made a charge for cosmetic purposes.

The Top 5 teams are locked in – Kansas Wesleyan, Sterling, Bethany, Tabor and Avila – but six teams are battling for three spots. Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the way at 10-11, but also in the hunt are Friends (10-12), Bethel (9-12), Southwestern (9-12), McPherson College (8-13) and Ottawa (8-13).

Southwestern is a probable underdog on Saturday against Bethany and Ottawa figures to lose to Sterling. Oklahoma Wesleyan and Bethel are likely underdogs to Tabor and Avila, respectively.

This is Mac’s last regular-season road game as it closes at home next week with games against Avila and Ottawa.