McPherson College’s basketball teams usher in 2018 on Wednesday as they take to the road to Salina for a KCAC doubleheader with Kansas Wesleyan.
The women start the action at 6 p.m. at Mabee Arena, with the men’s game to follow.
The women’s game matches a pair of 5-3 teams in conference play as they are tied for fifth place. Mac is 9-6 overall and Kansas Wesleyan is 8-8.
The Bulldogs just played a pair of games last weekend at Mabee Arena, losing to University of Science and Arts as well as Doane as part of the Kansas Wesleyan Classic.
Fifth-year Mac coach Gordon Reimer, who formerly coached at KW, is looking for his first win over the Coyotes since becoming the Bulldogs’ coach.
The road has been difficult for Mac at it’s just 1-6, the only win at Bethany. However, the Bulldogs are 8-0 at home, which they will be on Saturday when Bethel comes to town.
The Bulldog men are hoping 2018 will bring them some KCAC success. They finished 2017 by losing all eight of their conference games, several of them where they were right there late in the game but just couldn’t finish.
The Bulldogs did put together some momentum just before Christmas by winning a pair of non-conference games in Puerto Rico to improve to 3-13 overall.
Kansas Wesleyan is one of the KCAC’s first-half surprises by going 5-3 and the Coyotes are 7-7 overall, one of their losses coming to Central Christian College.
The Coyotes, however, are without top scorer and rebounder Jordan McNelly, who recently stepped away from the team for personal reasons and KW coach Anthony Monson was quoted as saying there’s no timetable as to if or when he will return. He was playing at an All-KCAC level and was one of the top newcomers in the conference.
Still, KW has a deep team as it gave highly touted Central Methodist a tremendous battle last weekend before losing 55-53. KW’s signature win is a 76-74 upset of Southwestern, the KCAC leader. It’s the Builders’ only loss in conference play.