To move up the KCAC basketball standings, McPherson College’s men need to start picking off the teams ahead of them.
They have an opportunity Thursday night when Southwestern comes to the Sport Center.
The Moundbuilders are 3-3 in the KCAC and alone in fifth place. The Bulldogs are 2-4 and in a four-way tie for sixth.
Southwestern is 12-4 overall as it was an outstanding 9-1 in nonconference play. The Moundbuilders have one of the most dynamic 1-2 punches in the conference in KCAC Player of the Year candidate Cameron Clark and William Tisdale.
The Bulldogs are 6-12 overall, but have shown some signs of getting it together after a dreadful 1-10 stretch. They have won two of their last three games since changing their offensive philosophy and are coming off one of their best games of the year, an 82-72 win over Ottawa in which they turned it over only eight times and shot nearly 50 percent both overall and from 3-point.
In the 6 p.m. women’s game, the defending KCAC champion Moundbuilders started conference play 0-2 after running the table last year at 18-0. However, they have bounced back with four straight conference wins.
It’s been a long year for Mac, now 1-5 in the KCAC and 2-16 overall. The Bulldogs played Ottawa tough last Saturday before the Braves eventually pulled away for a 64-52 win.
This is a challenging week for the Bulldogs, who play Saturday at Friends, which is ranked No. 12 in the country.
Coverage on Thursday starts at 5:45 p.m. on 96.7 KBBE-FM.