McPherson College’s men’s basketball team hasn’t compiled nine straight wins by just playing a bunch of creampuffs.

The Bulldogs’ schedule has been among the most ambitious around and their final two tuneups tonight and Saturday follow the theme of playing only the best competition available.

The Bulldogs travel to Hastings, Neb., for a two-day event. They open tonight at 6:00 by taking on Doane, then have a huge rematch Saturday with Hastings at 4 p.m.

Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber believes the difficult schedule should prepare his team well for the KCAC season, which begins on Thursday.

“I feel like we have played a lot of good teams,” Swartzendruber said last Saturday after the Bulldogs survived a grueling overtime contest with Haskell.

Doane already owns wins over Friends and Sterling, which are considered two of the top contenders to the Bulldogs, who were the consensus pick in the preseason to win the KCAC title.

Swartzendruber said the team will not get caught looking ahead to Hastings, as those two teams waged a tremendous battle recently at the Sport Center, with the Bulldogs winning, 87-82.

Balance has been a key for Mac, as Samson Shivers (17.4), Aaron Frazier (16.0) and Chris Crawford (12.4) are averaging in double figures, while Jordan Crawford (9.8) and Kenny Berry (9.1)?are just shy.