Thursday, 27 December 2007

Marauders Open up Holiday Season at U. of Tampa

One of several CIS teams travelling to the Sunshine State for a pre-second half training camp including games against local competition, the McMaster Marauders, fresh off the addition of probable-impact 6'9" Terry Licorish to their lineup, will open up the holiday season for CIS teams with a game in Tampa, FL tonight against University of Tampa Spartans, an NCAA Division II school, competing in the Sunshine State conference. The Spartans, 5-2 on the season, just returned from Hawaii, where they compete in the Hoop 'N Surf Classic, splitting a pair of games including a 103-75 loss to BYU-Hawaii, ranked #11 in Division II. Tonight's game against McMaster, which begins at 7:30 PM ET, is the Spartans home opener. Tampa has played each of their five starters about 30 minutes per game and are led by 6'8" senior Jeremy Black (20.7 ppg over the first 7 games). Fans can follow the game using LIVE STATS! available from the University of Tampa web site. As well, here is a link to a site that provides audio webcasts of Spartan games

Chad Lucas provides his thoughts on the slate of CIS holiday tournaments in his Posting Up with Chad Lucas site in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Keenan Jeppesen Injury Speculation Sources have indicated that the 6'6" Jeppesen, who transfered to Western after solid seasons at Brown University of the NCAA Ivy League and a stellar high school career in Hamilton, will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury although this has not yet been officially confirmed with the Mustangs coaching staff. The latest from Western is that there will be more clarity on the situation within the week however Jeppesen is "most likely out for this year". Jeppesen was expected to be an immediate impact player on the wing for the Mustangs (3-5 in OUA West, 7-7 overall vs. CIS teams); here is a note from Greg Layson's Big Man on Campus site on the situation.

Jeremy Sawatzky comments on several CIS matters including the basketball Nationals in one of his latest entries on the newest CIS-related blog to hit cyberspace: The Scrum

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