Wednesday, 14 February 2007

More Top 10 Talk + Wednesday's CIS Games


MCMASTER BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER RESCHEDULED; February 14, 2007 HAMILTON ON – Due to the inclement weather conditions McMaster University will remain closed for the rest of the day. The double-header basketball games between the Waterloo Warriors and McMaster Marauders scheduled for this evening have been rescheduled for Thursday, February 15. The women's game will tip off at 6:00 pm and the men's at 8:00 pm at the Burridge Gymnasium. Robert S. Hilson; Manager, Marketing & Media Relations; Department of Athletics & Recreation; McMaster University.

Tonight's Mustangs basketball games at Brock cancelled due to poor weather LONDON, Ont. - Tonight's regular season men's and women's basketball road games in St. Catharines, Ont., against the Brock Badgers have been rescheduled to Thursday Feb. 15 due to poor weather conditions in the Niagara Region. Brock University also cancelled all afternoon and evening classes. The basketball games have been rescheduled for Thursday Feb. 15, with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men following at 8 p.m. From: Andy Watson;

Plenty of healthy discussion on the most recent CIS coaches Top 10 with differing opinions including some which suggest that earlier games should be discounted or not counted at all. Regardless of one's specific thoughts on the matter, this is an in-exact science where virtually all input/opinions are valid and move the discussion forward. Here's one idea to help share information and potentially make the exercise more efficient and accurate: make public each coach's Top 10 vote on a weekly basis so we know across the country who is voting for which teams? It's not clear what value there is in not disclosing this information and the added potential scrutiny could make voters sharpen their pencils and think through their votes even more carefully for a poll that is important input into determining the wild card team at the Nationals.

Another strong and well-researched opinion on the Top 10 from, the solid web site covering a wide range of topics concerning Canadian basketball. OUA Gets Rankings Shaft ?

HOTTEST TEAMS IN THE CIS - Longest current winning streaks:
#1 Brandon 13
#4 Victoria 6
NR Brock 6
#6 Acadia 5
#2 Concordia 4
#3 Carleton 4
NR Guelph 4

BEST RECORDS SINCE THE HOLIDAYS in order of most victories
#1 Brandon 12-0
#3 Carleton 11-2
#4 Victoria 10-2
#8 Ottawa 10-3
#6 Acadia 9-1
#5 UBC 9-3
NR Toronto 9-3
#7 Cape Breton 8-2
NR Brock 8-3
NR McMaster 8-3

A busy Wednesday night in the CIS with 6 games, all in Ontario:

8 PM Western (10-9) at Brock (13-6) The Badgers, who own the second longest current winning streak in the nation at 6, need a win to stay two games ahead of McMaster (the Marauders own the tie-breaker and hosts Waterloo). Both teams have had improved play in the middle recently as 6'7" Owen White has emerged as a legitimate offensive threat for Brock while 6'8" Alan Paron, as long as he can stay out of foul trouble, is efficient on the offensive end for Western. Look for Brock's defensive stopper Mike Kemp to shadow 6'3" Andrew Wedemire when he's on the floor and expect an exciting point guard matchup between flashy 6'2" Matt Curtis and 5'9" Brad Rootes. Both teams have capable shooters who can stretch defences so expect a higher scoring affair than in the first game between these two teams when Brock defeated Western in London 74-68.

8 PM Laurier (9-10) at Guelph (10-9) The Gryphons are riding high on a four game winning streak and hope to welcome back 6'9" J.R. Bailey and 6'4" Jay Mott from injury in a game in which the loser will fall further from consideration for a home playoff game. The Golden Hawks had probably their most important win of the season at home against McMaster on Seniors Day and a solid effort at Guelph will add to the confidence of this rapidly-maturing group. 6'8" freshman Andrew Pennycook leads the entire CIS in blocked shots at 3.11 blocks per game and, along with 6'5" Justin Golob and 6'5" Evan Eliason, is, along with St.FX's, among the deepest and most impactful freshman class in Canada. Guelph's Aron Bariagbre has been an offensive stalward for the Gryphs especially recently with Mott and Bailey ailing and out of the lineup.

8 PM Waterloo (6-14) at McMaster (11-8) 93.3 CFMU Internet audio broadcast Mac, a full two games out of first place is chasing Brock and Windsor for a bye in the first round and owns the tie-breaker in both scenarios (2-0 vs. Brock and better record vs. OUA West opponents than Windsor). Marauders will need help prior to next Wednesday's first-place-deciding game between Brock and Windsor, which ensures at least one of the teams ahead of Mac will lose at least one more time. As well, the Marauders must run the table themselves and have Guelph and Western after tonight's game against the Warriors, playing only for pride. Mac's 5'9" fifth-year guard Martin Ajayi is the OUA West's leading scorer at 21.7 ppg while 6'8" Adam Steiner, who had been averaging 23.8 ppg and 10.3 rpg while shooting .576 from the floor and 85% from the foul line over a 6 game stretch prior to Saturday's loss at Laurier in which he struggled with a hand injury (3-13 from the floor), looks to continue his all-conference-type play against the Warrior front line. Steiner, who has averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game after the holidays, has made his last 19 consecutive free throws and 27 of his last 29 from the stripe.

8 PM Laurentian (6-14) at York (13-7) In the last meeting between these two teams last March in an OUA East sudden death quarter-final, the Lions overcame a late double digit deficit at home to edge the upstart Voyageurs, on their way to making it to Halifax. A Laurentian win coupled with a Ryerson loss at U of T will clinch a playoff spot for the Vees. The undersize Voyageurs had some success playing with a smaller lineup against Ryerson, pulling out their big men to defend on the perimeter, much like Queen's did to the Lions earlier this year in Kingston. Laurentian will have to shoot the ball similar to last season's playoff game when Brody Bishop and Matt Brown (since graduated) nearly helped pull the upset. York's Tut Ruach continues to round into form while Rohan Steen continues to play through aches and pains. The teams meet again in Sudbury on Saturday.

8 PM Ryerson (6-14) at Toronto (13-7) The Blues are one of the hottest teams in the nation, winning 9 of their last 10 and with wins in their last 2 games will clinch third place. Varsity has already clinched home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs but their opponent will not be determined until after tonight at the earliest and more likely Saturday night. 6'9" Mike Williams will face a trio of big guys in 6'11" Igor Bakovic, 6'10" Joey Imbrogno and 6'7" Boris Bakovic. Toronto has a definite advantage in experience in the back court with veterans 6'3" PG Mike DeGiorgio, 6'3" Dwayne Grant and 6'3" Ben Katz going up against a young Rams backcourt. 6'4" Mo Safarzadeh propelled the Blues in overtime at Sudbury, knocking down a 3 and making late free throws - he may have the task of guarding the prolific freshman Boris Bakovic. Ryerson looks to break a 5 game losing streak.

8 PM Queen's (10-10) at RMC (1-19) This and Saturday's game between the two Kingston rivals has no bearing on the standings as both teams are firmly in 5th and 8th place respectively.

Stay tuned to the site for game results and reports and don't forget to treat your loved one well on Valentine's Day.

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