Saturday, 1 December 2007

Saturday's Action

CORRECTION: In an earlier post describing UVic's big win at UBC, it was mentioned that the victory was UVic's first this season against a quality opponent. Judging quality opponents is a very subjective issue however without a doubt UVic's victory in October in Antigonish over St. FX definitely qualifies as a win over a quality opponent in my opinion as does the win at home against Simon Fraser, a team that has won 6 of their past 7 games. I regret the oversight. Vic has also won 7 of their past 8 games and 9 out of 11. After a 1-5 start in non-conference games including home losses to Carleton, Alberta, Brandon and losses at St. Mary's and at Acadia, Vic is now 10-7 overall and tied for first in the Pacific Division in Canada West in advance of tonight's second showdown game against arch-rival UBC.

The notion of Canadian schools competing in the NCAA has reached the national media in the U.S. as the following article appeared yesterday on the MSNBC web site Some Canadian schools looking to become NCAA's 1st international members

Victoria Times-Colonist article on last night's big Vikes win at UBC UVic men turn the heat on at UBC

St. Catharines Standard article on Carleton's win at Brock last night Rootes set free throw record in loss

Articles of interest from last night including a relatively new blog by Greg Layson of the Guelph Mercury called "Big Man on Campus". In Greg's latest entry, he shares his thoughts on the Ottawa Gee-Gees who defeated the hometown Gryphs last night The Other team from Ottawa Here is Greg's article on Jonathan Moscatelli that appeared yesterday. Also, here is Greg's article on last night's Gryphs loss to Ottawa Gryphs fall for first time

Neb Kostic, a freshman with the Regina Cougars, has had quite the journey which Tim Switzer from the Regina Leader-Post captured recently Kostic took the long way

Chad Lucas take on St. Mary's win over X on Thursday night in Posting Up

Here are a couple of UBC/UVic preview articles we missed yesterday but that are still topical given the second game being played tonight in Vancouver Vikes, Birds renew hostilities and Birds take wing against arch rivals

Today's Schedule
2:00 pm Cape Breton (5-1) at UNB (0-6) In the final game of the first semester in the AUS, the Capers travel to Fredericton for a four-point game against the winless Varsity Reds.

8:00 pm McGill (2-2) at UQAM (0-3) The Redmen try to rebound from last night's 12 point loss at home to Laval while the Citadins, who lost at Concordia last night, continue to look for their first win of the season. The game is available on UQAM campus radio.

4:00 pm McMaster (3-4) at RMC (0-7) The young and rapidly-improving Marauders hope to get to .500 facing the winless Paladins in Kingston.
8:00 pm Western (3-4) at Ryerson (2-5) Coming off an impressive come-from-behind win against #8 Toronto, the Mustangs look to get back to .500 against the tall, long Rams in downtown Toronto. Western welcomed one of their NCAA D1 transfers last night as 6'10" Colin Laforme had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
8:00 pm #9 Windsor (5-2) at #8 Toronto (5-2) The Blues were upset at home last night and look to bounce back against the Lancers who built a big lead and held off Ryerson last night.
8:00 pm Lakehead (4-3) at Queen's (4-3) In what should be an interesting matchup, the run-and-gun Thunderwolves face off against the Gaels who also have been known to put up the odd 3.
8:00 pm #10 Ottawa (7-0) at Brock (4-3) The Badgers played Carleton very tough at home last night and had a good look at a three to tie it late while the Gee-Gees had an impressive win against a very good Guelph Gryphon team on the road last night.
8:00 pm #1 Carleton (7-0) at #4 Guelph (6-1) Guelph's loss last night takes away for the second straight Saturday night what would have been a battle of unbeatens involving Carleton. The team's met back in Ottawa in October and Carleton had a come-from-behind three point win over the Gryphs, one of only 3 losses all season for Guelph.
8:00 pm Laurentian (1-6) at Waterloo (2-5) The Warriors got a 37 point effort from 6'3" Cam MacIntyre to defeat York last night while the Voyageurs got off to a rough start at Laurier last night and were easily defeated.
8:00 pm York (1-6) at Laurier (2-5) The Hawks look for their third win in a row against the Lions in Waterloo.

Canada West

7 PM ET/6:00 pm CT Winnipeg (4-5) at #5 Brandon (8-1) The second of a home-and-home set after Thursday night's win by the Cats in Winnipeg in which they pulled away late behind 29 points from Dany Charlery.

9 PM ET/8:00 pm CT Manitoba (1-8) at Regina (4-5) Regina shot only 39% from the floor including only 6-27 from 3 in losing at home to the Bisons last night. Isaac Ansah had a big, 27 point effort for Manitoba, which finally won a close game.

10 PM ET/8:00 pm MT Alberta (6-3) at Lethbridge (0-9) The Pronghorns drew over 1,000 fans last night and hope to break into the win column at home tonight.

10 PM ET/8:00 pm MT Saskatchewan (5-4) at Calgary (8-1) 6'7" Andrew Spagrud did not reach double figures for the first time in recent memory as the Dinos pulled away midway through the second quarter and routed the Huskies in Calgary. The Dinos can take a 4 game lead with a win over Saskatchewan tonight.

10 PM ET/7:00 pm PT Simon Fraser (6-5) at Thompson Rivers (1-10) Clan's 6'8" Greg Wallis continues to impress during Simon Fraser's recent streak of 6 wins in 7 games. The Clan came back with a strong fourth quarter to win last night as the teams play again in Kamloops in TRU's new gym.

11 PM ET/8:00 pm PT Victoria (9-2) at #2 UBC (9-2) After what has to be considered an upset, especially with the ease in which the Vikes won last night, UBC tries to bounce back against the Vikes, who continue to prove that if you can defend and rebound, teams can stay in games and win.

11 PM ET/8:00 pm PT Trinity Western (3-8) at UCFV (5-6) Fraser Valley looks to sweep the Spartans in Abbotsford this evening.

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