The Ottawa University men’s basketball team won't play its scheduled game on Dec. 30 in Lawrence against Haskell Indians Nation University.

Haskell forfeited the game to the 10th-ranked Braves, who improved to 14-1 overall with the forfeited victory. Ottawa's fast start is the best in decades.

The Braves moved into sole possession of the KCAC lead with their win a week ago over York, Neb., coupled with the Bethel loss to Friends. The No. 20 Threshers fell by a point to the Falcons.

The Braves enter the holiday break at 8-1 in the KCAC with its lone loss coming to Saint Mary a few weeks ago. Bethel slipped to 7-2 and is just ahead of Friends (7-3). Oklahoma Wesleyan and Kansas Wesleyan are tied at 6-3.

Ottawa returns to the court Jan. 4 at home against Sterling (3-12, 1-8). The women’s game starts at 3 p.m., followed by the men at 5 p.m.

The Lady Braves are coming off an impressive performance in their 30-point win over York to notch their second win of the season. Ottawa (2-10, 2-7) squares off with the KCAC leader Sterling to open the 2020 portion of the schedule.

Sterling (8-1, 11-3) is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Div. II coaches poll. Sterling has a one-game lead over Kansas Wesleyan (7-2). Oklahoma Wesleyan, Bethany and Avila are tied at 6-3.