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McKENZIE — Fourteen home games highlight a tough schedule for the Bethel University Wildcats as the 2020-21 schedule was released by Coach Jeff Britt this week. Bethel finished 19-12 overall …
McKENZIE — Fourteen home games highlight a tough schedule for the Bethel University Wildcats as the 2020-21 schedule was released by Coach Jeff Britt this week.
Bethel finished 19-12 overall last year and 10-8 in the SSAC. The Cats were 13-4 in Crisp Arena.
The Wildcats play 22 games in their new league with a move to the Mid-South Conference which is recognized as one of the toughest in the country.
The Wildcats open the season against Brescia University November 3 hosting the Bearcats in Crisp Arena. Bethel is 9-0 all-time against the visitors from Kentucky. The Cats will play the Blue Mountain Toppers for the 28th time on November 5. It will be the first road game of the season. Bethel is 21-6 all-time versus the Toppers. The Wildcats remain on the road traveling to Oakland City (Ind.) November 10th. It will be the first meeting ever between the two programs. OCU returns the favor coming to Crisp Arena three days later. The Wildcats will play Blue Mountain again hosting the Toppers on the 14th. The Wildcats open MSC play hosting Cumberland University on November 19. Bethel has lost three straight to the Phoenix and is 5-16 all-time versus CU. The Cats hit the road to Lindsey Wilson on the 21st. The last non-conference game of the season takes place as the Wildcats host Williams Baptist November 24th. Bethel enjoys a six game winning streak over the Eagles.
Bethel tips off December with two conference road games. They meet Campbellsville on December 3rd and Georgetown on the 5th. Georgetown was No. 1 in the final NAIA Top 25 poll last year. The Wildcats return home and close out 2020 hosting Life University on the 31st.
On January 2 the Wildcats begin the New Year traveling to Martin Methodist. It will be the 31st meeting between the two with MMC holding a 20-10 margin in the series. Bethel is 5-10 in Pulaski. The Cats host Freed-Hardeman on the 4th. Since 2007 FHU holds a 17-3 lead in the series.
The Cats head to eastern Kentucky for a pair of tough MSC road games. They face the No. 14 University of the Cumberlands on January 7 and UPike on the 9th. Bethel returns home five days later to host Shawnee State. It will be the first ever meeting between the two. On January 16 the Wildcats travel to No. 18 Thomas More for the first ever meeting against the Saints. A three game home stand follows as the Wildcats play Georgetown (21st), Campbellsville (23rd) and Lindsey Wilson (28th). Bethel closes out the month traveling to Cumberland University on the 30th.
Martin Methodist comes to McKenzie on February 4. The longest road trip of the season awaits the Wildcats after that game. They hit the road at Life on the 6th, at Freed-Hardeman (8th), at Thomas More (11th) and at Shawnee State on the 13th. The Wildcats close out the regular season at home versus UPike on the 8th and the University of the Cumberlands on the 20th.
Post-season MSC play begins on February 23rd.