The postseason basketball fate for the McPherson College men could very well be determined by the end of this week.
The Bulldogs are 2-8 in the KCAC, tied with Bethel and Kansas Wesleyan for eighth place. Those happen to be the teams they play this week.
Mac will host Bethel in the second of two Wednesday night games on the schedule due to the high school tournaments. The Bulldogs then go to Salina on Saturday to play Wesleyan.
Only the top eight teams advance to postseason play. Oddly, the Bulldogs’ two wins have come against Bethany and Ottawa, teams much higher in the standings.
Two wins this week and the Bulldogs would open up some breathing room.
Mac lost at Bethel 78-70 in the first meeting. Then in perhaps the low point of the season, the Bulldogs had big lead on Wesleyan in the first half at the Sport Center, before the Coyotes came roaring back to win, 68-60.
The Bulldogs, though, have been their own worst enemy. They lost a one-point decision to Sterling, and two-pointers to both Friends and Bethany. In all three games, the Bulldogs had the lead in the second half.
Mac will take a 6-16 overall record into Wednesday’s game.
For the Mac women, they are a game back of Saint Mary for the eighth and final playoff spot. Mac is 2-8 in the KCAC, both wins coming against Bethany. The Bulldogs are 3-19 overall.
Mac lost 69-64 earlier this year to Bethel after being up as many as 13 points in the first half. That has been a pattern for the Bulldogs, who seem to play well about half the game and then endure desert-like droughts in the other half. On Saturday, the Bulldogs defeated Bethany 51-45 after leading 32-14 at halftime. They won despite making just 1 of 17 shots after halftime.
The senior-dominated Bethel women are 5-5 in the KCAC. Saturday’s opponent, Kansas Wesleyan, is 7-3.