The league-leading Nebraska Wesleyan men’s basketball team has a chance to separate itself even more from the rest of the pack in the American Rivers Conference when the No. 1-ranked Prairie Wolves host Wartburg at 4 p.m. Saturday at Snyder Arena.
NWU (14-0, 5-0 in the ARC) has a two-game lead over three teams tied for second in the conference, including Wartburg, which enters Saturday’s game with a 9-5 overall mark and 3-2 in conference play.
The defending national champion Wolves extended their nation-leading winning streak to 27 games with a 96-84 win at Simpson on Wednesday, despite having two starters — Nate Schimonitz (hamstring) and Jack Hiller (broken foot) — sidelined by injury and a third — Ryan Garver — who played through a sprained ankle.
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Junior guard Nate Bahe is taking full advantage of his extended playing time because of the injuries, going for a career-high 39 points Wednesday.
Wartburg guard Jaran Sabus leads the ARC in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game, which ranks 15th nationally in NCAA Division III.