Friday, 31 August 2007

NCAA Games Begin Tonight

NOTE: For Ottawa area fans, please note that tonight's Illinois / Carleton game begins at 9 PM (originally listed on the schedule below as 8 PM). Carleton web site and tickets distributed for the game confirm game time as 9 PM, likely to allow Illinois enough travel time to get to Ottawa (NCAA teams cannot leave their cities/towns until classes on Friday end).

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix describes the efforts of Saskatchewan Huskies to bring NCAA basketball to Saskatoon. The Huskies will travel to Calgary this weekend to play NCAA teams for this season B-ball Huskies court U.S. teams

The Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Kondro does his usual solid job previewing the NCAA visits to Ottawa this weekend, focusing on the Illinois Fighting Illini in this pieced Even if Jordan's not in the gym, university tourney has plenty to offer (By the way, whoever put the caption on Wayne's piece didn't realize that it is not a tournament)

Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun updates those in the Capital Region on the "Jordan Watch" NBA great Jordan not expected in Ottawa

Also received a nice note from site supporter Nathan Schellenberg from (also Saskatchewan's assistant coach) alerting to the new content on their site including Team Prospectus and a link to a UofS Huskies blog in the local newspaper U of S Blog The Huskies return nine players from last year’s Central Division championship team, and another two players (Rob Lovelace and Mark Thompson) returning to the program that were a part of the 2005-06 squad which reached the national championships. Lovelace is a 5th-year senior point guard, and is considered one of the top defensive players in the conference (has been a two-time Central Division Defensive POY). All five starters are back, and there are five 5th year seniors on the team. As well, four newcomers including one JuCo transfer (Troy Gottselig) and three high school recruits add further depth to the Huskies roster.

A nice article in the Thunder Bay newspaper on Canadian women's basketball legend Dianne Norman, former Laurentian and Canadian national team star and now the wife of Dalhousie men's basketball coach John Campbell Norman knows the game

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