Basketball Game Cancelled for Tonight


McKenzie, Tenn. –The Bethel University men's basketball game against Hiwassee College scheduled for Monday night, January 6 at 7 p.m. in McKenzie has been postponed due to the weather. A date has not been determined on when the game will be played at this time.

The Wildcats along with the Lady Wildcats return to action Friday night at Southern Poly tipping off fifteen straight conference games. Both teams are 10-4 on the season.  The next home game for both teams is January 23 against Belhaven.


McKenzie, Tenn. – The Bethel Wildcats return from the holidays Monday night to host the Tigers of Hiwassee College from Madisonville, Tennessee. Tip-off at  Crisp Arena  is scheduled for 7 p.m. After the non-conference game against Hiwassee Bethel plays fifteen consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference games with eight of those on the road. The Wildcats are 2-2 in league play.

Matchups: Bethel enters the game 10-4 after a 77-64 win over Crowley's Ridge back on December 16. Bethel is 9-1 at home this season.  Hiwassee is 1-12 on the year after a 82-81  loss  at Tennessee Wesleyan Saturday. The Tigers have lost 12 straight games.

Coaches: Coach Jeff Britt is in his 14th season as head coach of the Wildcats. He is 237 -194 with Bethel and 343 -238 in his career. His 343 wins place him 18th on the NAIA DI winningest active coaches list. Coach Britt was named the TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year last season. The 24 wins last year were the most by a Bethel Wildcat team since 2006. He is only five wins away from becoming the all-time program's leader in wins. Hugh Watson is the head coach of the Tigers. He is a long time veteran at the high school and collegiate levels.


Last Game: The Wildcats closed out the first half of their regular season with a 77-64 win over Crowley's Ridge on December 16.

The game was tied at 46 midway through the second half when the Wildcats used a 19-2 run to pull away and eventually secure the win. Bethel had led at halftime 35-33.

Mark Vaughn led four double-figure scorers with 14 points. Justin Williamson came off the Bethel bench to spark the Cats with 13 points. Gary Pollard added 13 and teammate Cole Nelson had 11 points and six assists. Marcus Bowins had six points, six assists and 11 rebounds. Seven-footer Skylor Guess led the Pioneers with 18 points and 19 rebounds.

Bethel had 19 steals in the contest. The Wildcats lead the nation in steals per game at 14.1. The Cats forced CRC into 23 turnovers. Bethel improved to 10-4 on the year and the Pioneers dropped to 5-4. The game marked the return of CRC Coach Chris Perkins to the Bethel campus. Perkins was an assistant with the Bethel women's program under Coach Larry Eddings.

Bethel Coach Jeff Britt was pleased with the win. "We are happy with this win over a good Crowley's Ridge team. Chris had done a good job with his program. Their big guys are a challenge to deal with and they have much better guard play which makes them dangerous. It was even more of a challenge having to play without Walt (Andrews) who is out with a hamstring problem. We tried to speed up the game and I thought at times we did a good job with that. Cole (Nelson) did a good job running the show and I thought our inside-outside approach was effective."


On the Air: Cat and Lady Cat basketball can be heard on WEIO, 100.9, and at again this season with pre-game action beginning thirty minutes prior to tip-off. Dave McCulley and Derrick Hubble will call the action.

Wildcat Vision: Select games are being streamed this season by Wildcat Vision. WildcatVision is hosted by and archived by BoxCast. The service offers free standard definition viewing, with the option to upgrade to HD definition. Fans are able to view from their mobile devices, desktop or laptop computer.

Derrick Hubble, Zach O'Kelley, Robert Foster and Kelby McCaleb call the action. Shanta Emerson assists in the production of the streaming. Davonte Dawkins, Alexus Moore, Hailey Golden, and Zach Fitzgerald also are involved with the webcasting. The Webcasts begin thirty minutes prior to tip-off.  The Webcasts also conclude with postgame interviews with the coaches. The schedule is posted at and the Bethel Sports Information Department on Facebook.

Did you know?

Bethel is 2-0 when they score 100 points or more, they are 4 -0 when they score 90 or more points. They are 2 -2 when they score 80 or more in a game. The Cats are 1-1 when scoring in the 70's.The Cats are 1-0 when scoring in the 60"s. They are 0-1 when scoring in the 50's.

Bethel is 10-2 when leading at the half and 0-2 when trailing at the break.

Bethel is 7 -0 when they out rebound their opponents. They are 3-4 when out rebounded.

The Cats are 9-0 when they force more turnovers in a game. They are 1-4 when having more turnovers.

Bethel is 9-0 when they outshoot their opponents.  The Cats are 1-4 when outshot from the field. Bethel was 19-0 last season when out shooting their opponents.

Bethel is 2 -1 when they make more three-pointers in a game. The Wildcats are 8-2 when the opponent makes more three-pointers in a game. They are 0-1 when tied in three's.

The Wildcats are 6-0 when making more free throws in a contest. They are 4-3 when the opponents make more free throws. They are 0-1 when tied in free throws.

Bethel is 9-4 when placing three or more players in double figures.

The Cats are 7 -0 when having more steals and 3-2 when the opposition has more steals in a game. They are 0-2 when tied in steals.

Bethel is averaging 86.4 points a game while their opponents are averaging 76.9 points per contest.

The Cats are 1-1 in day games and 9-3 in night games.

Bethel is 9 -1 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Wildcats were 16-4 at home last season.

Bethel leads the nation is steals per game at 14.5 per contest.

The Wildcats are # 6 in three-point field goal defense at 27.9 percent.

The Cats are # 2 in team assists per game at 19.5.

The Cats are # 4 in rebounds per game averaging 47.0 boards per game.

Bethel is # 3  in offensive rebounds per game at 16.0.

Caleb Hardy has scored 1,133 points in his career as a Wildcat which places him 24th on the all-time scoring list at Bethel. Hardy was a TranSouth Conference all-conference performer last season and was named Honorable Mention All-American. Hardy is sitting out the season with an injury but will return for his senior season next year.

Cole Nelson was named to TSAC Freshman of the Year last season. He led the Wildcats in assists last year. He is 2nd  in the nation averaging 6.1 assists per game this season.