There was a time not that long ago that McPherson College and Sterling College were the gold standards of KCAC men’s basketball.
In fact, they met in the 2013 KCAC Tournament championship game, which the Bulldogs won to advance to the national tournament for the fourth year in a row.
Sterling was 24-8 that year and in the midst of a highly successful run of good seasons.
But times have changed. When they meet Saturday night in Sterling, the winner gets out of the KCAC basement and the loser is there by themselves.
Both teams take an 0-4 record into the 7 p.m. game at the Sterling Gleason Center. The Warriors are 2-7 overall and the Bulldogs are 1-8.
Mac is playing short-handed, as three probable starters are out with injuries and another key player is no longer with the team.
The 5 p.m. women’s game has major implications as both teams are 3-1 in the KCAC. The Bulldogs are coming off a 59-43 win over old nemesis Southwestern on Wednesday, while the Warriors were handed their first loss of the conference season, a one-pointer at the hands of Oklahoma Wesleyan.
The teams have a common opponent in Southwestern. While Mac was a 16-point winner over the Builders, the Warriors escaped with a 72-70 road victory. Amazingly in that game, only three players scored for Sterling as freshman phenom Kylah Comley scored 33, Jordin Greer tallied 25 and Jessica Princ had 14.
In Sterling’s loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan, Comley had 31 points, while Greer and Princ combined for 20.
Mac stays on the road Wednesday as it plays at Friends.