Friday, 16 February 2007

Friday's Games including Canada West Playoff Previews

To obtain a review of last night's action the CIS, click here

Some articles from around the country... Report from St.Catharines Standard on Brock's win over Western last night Big Games for Rootes and Keith as Badgers top Mustangs The McMaster Marauders women's team avenged their only league loss of the season last night by defeating Waterloo at home Leave it to Lindsay Cape Breton women's basketball report from Cape Breton Post Capers rookie Kari Everett a key contributor: CBU hosts Acadia tonight, UPEI Saturday
Carleton's student newspaper provides an update on #3 Ravens Carleton earns first round bye
#2 Concordia Stingers are positioned to win the Quebec league regular season crown Concordia update from the Link
A solid piece from the UBC campus newspaper, the Ubyssey on the T-Birds wins last weekend UBC educates UCFV in offense
Waterloo has had a tough season and the Imprint checks out the latest from the Physical Activity Center (PAC) Waterloo Imprint: Warriors Losing Streak Reaches Six
Laurier student newspaper has a creative article on the recent NCAA news concerning foreign members as they gather opinions from around the country The Cord examines various opinions on NCAA sports for Canadian schools

CANADA WEST PLAYOFF PREVIEWS
All series are Best-of-3 with all games played at the home of the higher seed on Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday

Great Plains Division
8 PM Eastern/ 7 PM local Winnipeg (9-13, 14-15) at Regina (9-13, 9-16) The teams split the season series at two apiece and for Winnipeg, as is usually the case, when Canada West scoring champion Erfan Nasajpour (21.8 ppg) plays a leading role, the Wesmen compete - Nasajpour averaged 24.5 ppg/7 rpg/5 apg in the 2 wins against the Cougars and 17.5 ppg in the losses. The balanced Regina squad has 4 players averaging double figures: Paul Schubach leads the team in minutes played at almost 36 per game while averaging 13.2 ppg. Jeff Lukomski is a favorite for Canada West Freshman-of-the-Year averaging 43% from downtown. The Cougars have only played 8 home games all season according to Canada West site and have averaged over 1,000 fans per game. Regina LIVE! STATS

Central Division
9 PM Eastern/ 7 PM local Calgary (11-11, 14-17) at Saskatchewan (13-9, 16-13) The Huskies have won 4 of the 5 games played between the 2 teams including an early non-conference affair and these bitter rivals have a healthy hate-on for each other which boiled over last weekend with some aggressive play. Playing potentially 5 games within 8 days against each other will likely make the matchup have even more of an edge. Calgary's prolific point guard Josh Feist (averaging 17 points and 6 assists against Sask this season) sat out last Saturday's loss which had no effect on the standings and, apart from a 29 point effort in the first league game that Sask won 87-70, the Dinos have held 6'8" Andrew Spagrud to 12, 17 and 19 points - below his average of 21 ppg. Calgary's ability to control 6'2" Rejean Chabot, who had a pair of 20 point games in the series including 27 in the first league meeting, will be key. Calgary's Sonny Khangura had a pair of starts last week for Calgary as has made solid contributions down the stretch. The games last weekend were played at a temperamental pitch and expect more intensity and potential fireworks in this series which could go to Sunday. As always, Huskiehoops.ca has a full, detailed breakdown of this series at Huskiehoops.com

10 PM Eastern/ 7 PM Local Simon Fraser (11-12, 14-12) at #4 Victoria (20-3, 24-6) Vic swept the season series three straight but they're still talking about the most recent game between the two teams in Victoria when Vic's 6'6" sophomore Jacob Doerksen heaved in a three from just inside mid-court to win it for the Vikes with 1 second remaining Clan Looking to Erase Memory of "The Shot" . The series features the top two defensive teams in Canada West and the Vikes have benefited from shutting down 6'8" Aaron Christensen, the Clan's top scorer and rebounder, holding the power forward to only 11.7 ppg, well below his average of 19.6 ppg. Audio for all games in the series beginning tonight is available via Vikes Radio

11 PM Eastern/ 8 PM Local Trinity Western (9-14, 12-16) at #5 UBC (20-3, 26-4) The Spartans are 0-3 against the T-Birds but have only had 6'3" fourth-year sharpshooter Brian Banman available for 11 minutes of one game in the prior 3 matchups - Banman had 16 points in those 11 minutes including a perfect 4-4 from 3 point land. Manitoba transfer Chris Dyck has paced UBC in the prior meetings, going off for 34 points in the second game, part of 23.7 ppg average against TWU. The teams played arguably the most exciting game in the CIS earlier this season, a 130-128 triple-overtime affair won by UBC when Spartans Luke Robinson missed a jumper with 4 seconds remaining and UBC up one. TWU will be without 2 starters for this series - 5'11" 4th year guard Jon Schmidt (torn ACL - out for the season) and 5'8" 3rd year guard Mike Erickson (bradly sprained ankle - out at least 2-3 more weeks). Two other Spartans are day to day - Banman (back) and 5'8" freshman Drew Slaght (ankle/foot) however in TWU's system, up to 11 players usually see time so experienced depth isn't as big of a problem as it may be for some teams. Meanwhile, UBC's star guard Casey Archibald has been nursing a bad ankle which he aggrevated two weeks ago against TWU. Expect the usual up-tempo affair that is characteristic of these teams and thus plenty of excitement. The game will be broadcast on UBC radio CiTR UBC Campus Radio and UBC's sports information department will publish real time UBC LIVE! STATS

AUS A great weekend of games in Atlantic Canada as the top 4 teams (Cape Breton, Acadia, X and UPEI) face off in 4 games all within the span of 24 hours. By the time the dust settles, there should be more clarity to which teams will be the favorites for first round byes at the AUS tournament. 7 PM Eastern/ 8 PM Local UPEI (7-9, 26 pts) at #9 StFX (8-6, 24 pts) Click here for SSN Webcast The Panthers came back from a large second half deficit last Sunday to edge the X-Men as 6'9" Doug McKinney knocked in a three in the waning moments with the shot clock winding down. Another great battle is expected between McKinney and 6'10" Neil McDonald in the pivot while arguably the nation's two top athletes 6'3" Garry Gallimore and 6'5" Sherone Edwards will square off. X is looking for a stronger offensive effort from 6'2" Tyler Richards. This is a game well worth turning the computer on for. 7 PM Eastern/ 8 PM Local #6 Acadia (12-4, 34 pts) at #7 Cape Breton (12-3, 36 pts) The Axemen swept Cape Breton in Wolfville two weeks ago, winning the first game in OT and then coming from behind to win comfortably in the second game when multiple Capers ran into foul trouble. Acadia, now 3-0 vs. Capers this season, handed Cape Breton their only loss at home in November. Both teams have quick, athletic forwards who can score and rebound. Look for the point guard matchup of freshman Andrew Kraus for Acadia and fifth-year veteran Ryan Keliher to have an impact on who wins. Kraus held his own two weeks ago on his home floor. 7:30 PM Eastern/9 PM Local UNB (4-11, 8 pts) at Memorial (4-12, 8 pts) In the first of two games in St. John's, the bottom two teams in the AUS square off with each team basically needing a sweep to have any hope of qualifying for the AUS tournament.

QSSF
6 PM Laval (7-5) at #2 Concordia (11-1) The two perennial Quebec powers meet in Montreal and the Stingers will officially clinch first place with a victory. The young Rouge et Or have watched many of their freshmen mature rapidly, especially 6'3" Jean-Fran├žois Beaulieu-Maheux, one of the favorites for CIS Freshman-of-the-Year, in the face of injuries to more experienced players such as 6'7" J.P. Morin. The Stingers have three players with First Team All-Star-type credentials in 6'4" Pat Perrotte and the Buckley brothers (Damian and Dwayne). Concordia has won each of the first 2 games and the teams will meet one more time on regular season's final night in Laval.

8 PM McGill (6-8) at Bishop's (4-9) The Redmen have a chance to secure their first playoff spot since 2003-04 with a win in Lennoxville. McGill has won 2 of 3 against the Gaiters however Bishop's took the last meeting 78-72 in Montreal as Junior Nicholas had 18 to lead the way. Here is a preview from Bishop' Sports Information McGill at Bishop's Preview

OUA WEST
7PM #10 Windsor at Lakehead The first of two important games for the Lancers in their quest to capture the OUA West regular season crown for the first time in 27 years. Videowebcast is available on Thundervision Lakehead Webcast

CANADA WEST PLAYOFFS - COMPLETE WEEKEND SCHEDULE All Times are Local
Friday, Feb. 16
19:00 Calgary at Saskatchewan, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
19:00 Winnipeg at Regina, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
19:00 Simon Fraser at No. 4 Victoria, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
20:00 Trinity Western at No. 5 UBC, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)

Saturday, Feb. 17
19:00 Calgary at Saskatchewan, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
19:00 Winnipeg at Regina, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
19:00 Simon Fraser at No. 4 Victoria, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)
20:00 Trinity Western at No. 5 UBC, CW div semi-final (best-of-3)

Sunday, Feb. 18
13:00 Simon Fraser at No. 4 Victoria, CW div semi-final (best-of-3: if
necessary)
14:00 Winnipeg at Regina, CW div semi-final (best-of-3: if
necessary)
15:00 Calgary at Saskatchewan, CW div semi-final (best-of-3: if
necessary)
20:00 Trinity Western at No. 5 UBC, CW div semi-final (best-of-3: if
necessary)

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