McPherson College’s final basketball road trip of the regular season is a doozy.
The KCAC has opted to send the Bulldogs to Ottawa on Thursday, then to Winfield on Saturday to play Southwestern. These are the second- and third-longest KCAC trips for the Bulldogs, who have only Friday to recover from the long bus ride to Ottawa, which gets them in about 1 a.m.
Saint Mary of Leavenworth is the Bulldogs’ longest KCAC road trip.
For the Mac men, every game counts. They are 4-10 in the KCAC, holding a one-game advantage over Kansas Wesleyan for the eighth and final playoff spot. It appears that only Bethel is out of the running to make the playoffs.
The Bulldogs, 8-18 overall, are hoping to repeat an earlier win over Ottawa. It was one of their best games of the year, an 82-72 victory.
Saturday’s opponent, Southwestern, came into McPherson last month and left with an 82-73 victory. The game in Winfield will have a special 5 p.m. starting time.
For the Mac women, their hopes of making the playoffs are starting to look slim. Ottawa and Southwestern handled the Bulldogs in games at the Sport Center and only figure to be more difficult to defeat on the road. Mac, 3-11 in the KCAC and 4-22 overall, is a game back of Saint Mary for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Bulldogs are a game up on last-place Bethany, but hold the tiebreaker over the Swedes because they swept the season series. Mac and Saint Mary still have to play each other, as do Bethany and Saint Mary.
Ottawa’s women are still in the hunt for a home playoff game as they are 8-6 in the KCAC, a game back of fourth-place Friends. The top four teams host first-round games.
Southwestern is 10-4 and tied with Kansas Wesleyan for second place, both teams a game back of Tabor. Tabor has a big game Thursday at Kansas Wesleyan.
Following this week, Mac closes out the regular season with home games against Friends and Saint Mary.
Saturday’s game in Southwestern has a special 3 p.m. starting time.