Sunday, 28 October 2007

CIS vs. NCAA Games begin Monday in Louisville

The next couple of weeks brings a number of games between CIS and NCAA schools in the U.S. U.S. Division 1 schools are allowed two exhibition games per season (games that do not count toward their official record or against their maximum number of games allowable by the NCAA) and especially since the NCAA officially prohibited games against "All-Star" teams, U.S. schools have been scheduling games against CIS teams. Five-time defending champion Carleton Ravens kick off this season's schedule on Monday night when they travel to Louisville, KY to meet the Cardinals at famed Freedom Hall. The Cards are pre-season favorites to capture the Big East title and last season needed a put back by 6'6" Juan Tello Palacios with 1.2 seconds left to squeak out a one-point victory over Carleton at the Ravens Nest in Ottawa. While the Cards were without 6'8" David Padgett, 6'3" senior Brandon Jenkins (since graduated) and 6'9" Derrick Caracter and many of Louisville's freshmen were playing their first-ever college games including 6'1" Edgar Sosa and 6'4" Jerry Smith, Carleton could have easily knocked off the Cards. Louisville will look for redemption tomorrow night but will do so without Palacios, the oft-injured forward who again is hurt. As well, Caracter, who has battled weight problems, must lose a couple of pounds prior to tip-off to meet a Head Coach Rick Pitino-invoked rule to have his weight at a certain level before he can play. Carleton will travel with their entire group except for 6'10" Neil Dawson, who has academic committments stemming from his graduate program that preclude him from travelling; Dawson has not yet been a big part of Coach Dave Smart's rotation. Expect Carleton to be very well prepared and give the Cards a solid, tough test tomorrow night. Louisville Courier-Journal article on Carleton/Louisville game .

Here is the entire schedule of games between CIS and U.S. schools:

Oct. 29th through early November: CIS vs. U.S. Schools (non-conference games)
Monday, Oct. 29
7 PM Carleton at Louisville (WHAS Radio 840, WBKI Television)
Wednesday, Oct. 31
7 PM Ottawa at UNC-Charlotte 49ers
7 PM #3 Concordia at Vermont Catamounts
8 PM UQAM at Maine Fort Kent
9 PM Brock at Air Force Falcons
Thursday, Nov. 1
7 PM Ottawa at UNC-Wilmington Seahawks
8 PM UQAM at Maine
9 PM Laval at Weber State
9 PM Brock at Colorado
Friday, November 2
7 PM Dalhousie at Maine Black Bears
7 PM McMaster at Mansfield University (Division II)
7 PM Ryerson at Nazareth College
7:30 PM Carleton at Providence
8 PM Toronto at Daemen College
8:30 PM Mayville State (NAIA) at Lakehead
9 PM Laval at Brigham Young Cougars
10 PM #2 Concordia at Northern Arizona
UQAM at UNB (CIS non-conference game)
Saturday, November 3
2 PM Toronto at Daemen College
3 PM Waterloo at St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
4 PM Queen's at St. Lawrence College (NCAA Division III) (Canton, NY)
6 PM McMaster at Medaille College (NCAA Division III) (Buffalo NY)
7 PM Ryerson at Brockport College
8:30 PM Mayville State (NAIA) at Lakehead
9 PM Laval at Utah State
Sunday, November 4
2 PM Carleton at Boston College Eagles
5 PM #4 Concordia at Arizona Wildcats
7 PM Windsor at Oakland (MI)
Monday, November 5
7 PM #4 Concordia at Rhode Island Rams
Wednesday, November 7
7 PM #4 Concordia at Maryland Terrapins

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