Friday, 30 November 2007

Friday's Action in the CIS

6:00 pm ET UQAM (0-2) at #6 Concordia (2-1) The Stingers finally return home for their QSSF home opener against the winless Citadins.

8:00 pm ET Laval (2-2) at McGill (2-1) These teams met two weeks ago in Ste. Foy with the Redmen coming away with an 86-83 overtime victory. 61 fouls were called in that game as McGill came back from an early deficit and 6'4" Sean Anthony hit a big 3 with about 20 seconds remaining to secure the win.

ONTARIO (all games Eastern time)
8:00 pm #10 Ottawa (6-0) at #4 Guelph (6-0) A battle of unbeatens highlights the OUA interlocking schedule for this evening as two coaches who worked together on Canada's Student team entry that won a Bronze medal at this summer's FISU games tangle in the Royal City. Gryphs coach Chris O'Rourke's team emphasizes defense, is very scrappy especially at home and has great depth in the backcourt and on the wings. Gee-Gees coach Dave DeAveiro has a solid starting five and Ottawa's success could depend on the contributions they get from their young bench. 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe was a member of the FISU games team this summer and returns to gym in which he broke his wrist two seasons ago. Since interlocking play began six years ago, each team is undefeated in league play on their home courts against each other.

8:00 pm Western (2-4) at #8 Toronto (5-1) Western comes off a pair of lopsided losses to Carleton and Ottawa to face another top OUA East side in downtown Toronto. Western expects to have Division 1 transfers 6'10" Colin Laforme and 6'6" Keenan Jeppesen eligible to play this weekend. Jeppesen played his last game for Brown of the Ivy League last November 28th against Wagner.

8:00 pm #9 Windsor (4-2) at Ryerson (2-4) The Lancers look to rebound after last weekend's mediocre showing on the road in Ottawa, although Windsor did push Carleton. Ryerson relies on the tremendous exploits of 6'7" Boris Bakovic, who had back-to-back 30+ point games last weekend.

8:00 pm McMaster (2-4) at Queen's (4-2) An interesting matchup in Kingston as a pair of very young team go at it. Both teams have several freshmen in their rotations however the Gaels have more quality experience with 6'3" senior Simon Mitchell and 6'6" sophomore Mitch Leger. Mac's 6'2" Tyrell Vernon is one of the better freshmen in the OUA West while 6'5" lefty Jon Ogden has been a top freshmen in the OUA East thus far.

8:00 pm Lakehead (3-3) at RMC (0-6) The Paladins look for their first win this season at home against the Thunderwolves, who are on a three-game winning streak including a pair on the road last weekend at Laurentian and at York.

8:00 pm #1 Carleton (6-0) at Brock (4-2) Last time these two teams met at the Bob Davis Gym two seasons ago, the Badgers pulled off an upset, sending the Ravens to their first loss against CIS competition in regular season play in about 2 years. Brock's starting 6'2" wing Rohan Steen injured his ankle last weekend and his status is uncertain for the entire weekend. LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST!

8:00 pm Laurentian (1-5) at Laurier (1-5) This game features the second round of student vs. mentor as rookie Vees Head Coach Shawn Swords faces off against his former coach at Laurentian, Peter Campbell. The teams met earlier this year in Sudbury with Laurier pulling off a two point victory. Live video webcast on Hawkcast

8:00 pm York (1-5) at Waterloo (1-5) Both teams won their first games of the regular season last weekend at home. Waterloo live audio cast

11 PM ET/ 8:00 pm PT Victoria (8-2) at #2 UBC (9-1) In the feature game on the Canada West slate, the arch-rivals meet in Vancouver in back-to-back games to close the first half of the season. Expect the Birds to try use their depth and push the tempo behind table-setting sophomore 6'1" point guard Alex Murphy and Canada West's second leading scorer 6'3" Chris Dyck. UVic will likely counter by trying to control the pace and make it more of a half-court game behind 6'1" sophomore college transfer Brandon Dunlop, one of the top newcomers in Canada West. Up front, Vikes emerging 6'7" forward Mitch Gudgeon has had several big offensive games this season and will do battle with 6'7" Matt Rachar and 6'8" Bryson Kool among others. UBC swept UVic in last season's Pacific Division final and hopes to put more distance between them and the Vikes in the battle for first place. The Vikes have the stingiest team defense in Canada West at only 64.6 ppg with UBC second at 71.6 points per game allowed. The T-Birds continue to own the conference's most explosive offense at over 90 points per game while Vic ranks 13th in team scoring in the 14 team conference. UBC audio web cast

9 PM ET/8:00 pm CT Manitoba (0-8) at Regina (4-4) Both teams will try to break losing streaks as the Cougars, undefeated at home in 4 games, have lost 4 in a row at Saskatchewan, at Alberta and twice at Brandon. The Bisons have had several tight games but have been unable to get over the hump, still one of only two winless teams in Canada West. LIVE STATS!

10 PM ET/8:00 pm MT Alberta (5-3) at Lethbridge (0-8) The Bears complete a four-game road swing through southern Alberta and are licking their wounds after a pair of losses in Calgary while the Horns are looking for their first victory of the season. Preview + Sephton Spence article from Lethbridge Herald

10 PM ET/8:00 pm MT Saskatchewan (5-3) at Calgary (7-1) The Dinos can put more space between them and the Huskies in the battle for home playoff advantage in the Central Division (third place team must go on the road while first place team gets home advantage in the final). No word on the health of 6'7" Andrew Spagrud who injured his ankle and did not play in last Saturday's Saskatchewan victory over Lethbridge. NUTV Video Webcast

11 PM ET/8:00 pm PT Simon Fraser (5-5) at Thompson Rivers (1-9) The Clan have won 5 of their last 6 games after an 0-4 start and are beginning to look up at second place as a possible target. 6'8" Greg Wallis has consistently performed at a high level all season long and was recently rewarded for his efforts, being named Canada West Male Athlete of the week this past week. TRU Audio webcast

11 PM ET/8:00 pm PT Trinity Western (3-7) at UCFV (4-6) The Spartans need at least one win this weekend over the Cascades to remain close in the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Pacific.

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