Monday, 8 January 2007

Monday, Jan. 8th: Top 10 Thoughts

Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack AD Ken Olynyk and Head Coach Nevin Glennie comment on the recent change to FIBA rules by the CIS from Kamloops This Week

Head Coach Kevin Hansen preaching defence for his UBC Thunderbirds from Vancouver Sun

Tim Switzer from the Regina Leader-Post on the challenges facing U of Regina Cougars in getting students in the seats Cougar challenges

The first Top 10 of 2007 comes out tomorrow (Tuesday, January 9th, 2007) and, primarily as a result of games over the holidays, there should be some changes in the poll. By the way, the poll tallies the Top 10 votes of each of the 43 CIS head coaches each week until just before the Nationals. If I had a vote this week (which I don’t), here’s how I’d go:

#1 Carleton (10-0): LAST WEEK: defeated Toronto 59-56; defeated Ryerson both at home; still unbeaten and has taken on all comers THIS WEEK: travels to York (Friday) and Laurentian (Saturday)

#2 St. Francis Xavier (6-1): LAST WEEK:defeated UPEI 66-61; defeated UNB 66-50 both at home; talented with one of the top freshman point guard prospects in the CIS in many years and deep with the ability to play 10 or more. THIS WEEK: hosts Cape Breton Saturday in a AUS Nelson division first-place showdown.

#3 Concordia (7-0): LAST WEEK:won at Laval and at home vs. McGill; played both weekend games without steady Damian Buckley who is expected back this week and won 5 tough games including 4 on the road and the fifth against a rested team the next afternoon after a road game at Laval; THIS WEEK: visits UQAM in downtown Montreal on Friday night.

#4 UBC (13-0): LAST WEEK:defeated Simon Fraser at home and then won at Simon Fraser; got it done the first night with strong performances from the big guys and then by the guards the next night. THIS WEEK: looking to dispel some folks notion that aggressive, athletic teams give them difficulty as T-Birds travel to Brandon this Friday and then on to Regina on Saturday.

#5 Ottawa (9-1): LAST WEEK:defeated Ryerson 86-78; defeated Toronto 59-58 both at home; led a charmed life this weekend but still pulled out two victories despite issue defensively, especially up front. THIS WEEK: travels to Laurentian (Friday) and York in Toronto (Saturday).

#6 Victoria (12-1) LAST WEEK:defeated Trinity Western twice at home; still looking for a significant win against a top ranked opponent but have not been upset and have played with all Top 10 teams they've had. THIS WEEK: plays at Regina Friday and at Brandon Saturday

#7 Windsor (8-2) LAST WEEK: won at Laurier in overtime; had a big late comeback in regulation and then took over in overtime to win on the road. THIS WEEK: Hosts Waterloo on Wednesday and then visits Western on Saturday.

#8 Cape Breton (6-1) LAST WEEK: defeated UPEI and UNB comfortably to retain 2 point lead on X in AUS Nelson division THIS WEEK: showdown at X on Saturday

#9 Brandon (10-2) LAST WEEK: won games at Fraser Valley and Thompson Rivers THIS WEEK: biggest weekend of the season thus far as Bobcats host UBC on Friday and UVic on Saturday.

#10 Brock (5-4) LAST WEEK: lost at home to Mac THIS WEEK: road games at Western (Wednesday) and Laurier (Saturday).

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