The Mid-American Conference announced several schedule changes on Wednesday morning, including Western Michigan men’s basketball rescheduling two previously postponed games.
The Broncos will travel to Ball State this Sunday at 7 p.m. to make up a game originally scheduled for Jan. 5. WMU then comes home for a game on Feb. 25 against Miami to make up a game postponed from Jan. 16.
There are still three other games that have been postponed for WMU that have yet to get a make-up date. Games against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 19), Northern Illinois (Feb. 2) and Ohio (Feb. 13) are unlikely to be made up at this point, with no more than two days off between games from the Feb. 25 matchup with Miami to the March 5 season finale against Eastern Michigan.
In a press conference on Monday, head coach Clayton Bates expressed doubt that all the games could be made up.
“According to my math, there’s three weeks left of the season today,” Bates said. “We need to make up nine games, we have nine games left to play. We’ve got some games scheduled, but we don’t have nine on the schedule just yet. That’s my assumption, that’s playing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday… I don’t think it’s going to happen, I don’t see a scenario where we get to 20 (MAC) games. We would like to, I think everybody would like to, I just don’t think that’s realistic here going down the stretch.”
WMU currently sits at No. 9 in the MAC at 3-9 while Ball State and Miami are tied for seventh at 5-7. Wins against those two teams would be a huge step for the Broncos to try to get into the conference tournament in which the top eight teams will be headed to Cleveland, Ohio March 11-13.