Tuesday, 12 February 2008

X at Acadia game tonight: AUS first round bye implications

8:00 pm StFX (11-4, 32 pts) at Acadia (14-2, 34 pts) 4 POINT GAME Tonight's game in Wolfville, a four pointer between two of the top teams in the conference, will go a long way in deciding top spot in the AUS. Acadia puts themselves in the driver's seat for the AUS regular season pennant with a victory - if they win out, first place overall is theirs. The Axemen's remaining schedule after tonight includes Memorial for two (both 4 point games) and then UPEI, who Acadia has defeated handily three other times in the regular season. If X can steal a win on the road and then defeat CBU later this week, the young X-Men have a chance of a previously-improbable first place finish. X's back court of 6'2" Tyler Richards and 5'10" Christian Upshaw have picked it up since the two swapped spots with Richards moving over the run the point and Upshaw moving over to the off guard role where he can get out on the break and finish. Look for 6'1" Paolo Santana to play more of an active role in this evening's game; he has the athleticism and skill to match X's backcourt. 6'5" Leonel Saintil (pictured above) has started to once again dominate games; witness his 33 point, 15 rebound effort against Dal on Saturday while 6'5" Sean Berry, sixth man last season, is playing like a First Team AUS candidate. Saintil is just 32 rebounds shy of the AUS record held by former Axeman Matt Chapman. X's 6'8" freshman sensation Islam Luiz de Toledo has been only average offensively in the past 2-3 weeks, seemingly settling for perimeter jumpers and not being as active on the "o" glass as earlier in the year. On the glass at the defensive end, Toledo has been solid; look for the Toledo/Saintil matchup to potentially decide tonight's game. This game should draw a packed house at Acadia and promises to be a dandy. Follow the game with Acadia's LIVE STATS!

In yesterday's only CIS game, Saint Mary's built an early lead and then held on to beat Memorial 79-74 at the Tower in Halifax. The Huskies continue to battle for a bye in the first round of the AUS playoffs but they have a tough task ahead of them. SMU/MUN Box Score

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