Friday, 19 November 2010

Friday's CIS Preview

AUS  Tonight's pair of games are the first of two game weekend series in Wolfville and Charlottetown.  Probably the most noteable matchup in the AUS goes Saturday night in Antigonish when Dal Tigers visit #2 St. FX X-Men at 8 PM.  Saint Mary's and Memorial are idle this weekend.

Cape Breton (4-0) at Acadia (1-1) 8:00 PM AST  Two of the consensus top four teams in the AUS meet in Wolfville.  The Capers appear deeper than the Axemen however a pair of all-AUS candidates in 6'8" Owen Klassen and 6'6" Justin Boutilier give Acadia an opportunity to win each night.  The ability of 6'2" Anthony Sears and 6'0" Tyler Lutton to handle the expected pressure from CBU's guards will be the key.  Live Video

UNB (2-0) at UPEI (0-1) 8:00 PM AST  After a solid pre-season and a pair of wins over MUN, the V-Reds get an opportunity to show the nation whether or not they are ready to move into the AUS Top 4 discussion with a pair of road games at UPEI. 

Quebec  Only 3 games scheduled in the "Q" this weekend with Concordia idle.  After tonight's games, both Laval and Bishop's travel up to Ste. Foy for the only QUBL action scheduled for Saturday.

Laval (1-0) at UQAM (1-1) 8:00 PM EST  The first rematch of last season's QUBL championship game in which the Citadins pulled off the upset to advance to the Nationals.  UQAM may have a sizeable advantage inside, especially if Laval's 6'6" Etienne Labrecque can't go tonight as he deals with a tailbone injury sustained in the first quarter of last Friday's victory over Concordia.  Look for a game in the 80's or 90's in what usually is an energized basketball environment at UQAM.   Live Video

McGill (1-0) at Bishop's (0-2) 8:00 PM EST  In the second of a home-and-home, this time in Lennoxville, the Gaiters welcome back a couple of players from injury and hope to avoid the free throw shooting and rebounding troubles that have plagued them thus far this season.  The Redmen started slowly last Saturday night but used a 16-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to pull away from Bishop's in their QUBL league opener at home.  Live Video

OUA Interlock
Brock (3-1) at Toronto (3-1) 8:00 PM EST  The Blues propensity to play significant amounts of zone may playing into the hands of the ultra-confident group of shooters that Brock possesses.  Toronto's ability to patiently run their sets and run defenders into screens will be a contrast to the Badgers objective of pushing the tempo defensively.  Live Video

Waterloo (2-2) at York (1-3) 8:00 PM EST   The Lions can be very tough at home and Waterloo comes off a solid weekend at home with a victory over Ottawa and a good effort in a loss to #1 Carleton.  Live Video

RMC (0-4) at Lakehead (3-1) 8:00 PM EST 

Queen's (1-3) at McMaster (1-3) 8:00 PM EST  A pair of rookie coaches face off in Hamilton as Mac's Amos Connolly looks to build on his first OUA victory last weekend over York while the Gaels continue their four-game road trip led by 6'2" Dan Bannister, who appears to be back at full strength after a tremendous second half last weekend at Brock. 

Carleton (4-0) at Western (2-2) 8:00 PM EST  The Mustangs look to regroup after being thrashed at home against Toronto with #1 Ravens providing a challenging task.  Controlling Andy Wedemire will be a key for Carleton while Mustangs Ryan Barbeau was apparently injured during last Saturday's loss to the Blues.  6'5" Cole Hobin looks to bounce back defensively for Carleton.

Laurier (3-1) at Laurentian (1-3) 8:00 PM EST  Mentor (Peter Campbell) vs. Pupil (Shawn Swords) in Sudbury tonight at the Golden Hawks visit Sudbury.  The young Voyageurs front line will be tested by the deep, veteran Laurier set of forwards although Laurentian may have the overall advantage in the back court depending upon the health of the Pasquale brothers.  Live Video

Guelph (2-2) at Ryerson (1-3) 8:00 PM EST  It is rather early but consider this game as a "must win" for both teams with both teams battling through a series of injuries.

Ottawa (1-3) at Windsor (4-0) 8:00 PM EST   The undefeated Lancers welcome both Ottawa teams this weekend and the health of two key players:  Windsor's Isaac Kuon and Ottawa's Warren Ward, is likely to have significant impact on this game although the Lancers were tight in Kuon's absence last weekend.  It appears the Gee-Gees may not have 6'3" Luke Minani in the lineup this weekend meaning a greater opportunity for 6'2" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe to reassert himself as Ottawa's point guard this season after a season's absence.  Live Video

Canada West  Feature game in the Alberta at Trinity Western battle in Langley while #2 UBC welcomes the scrappy Cascades from Fraser Valley in what could be another good one given the large element of B.C. players squaring off.  Comprehensive game previews available here.  Follow this link to watch all six games tonight

Winnipeg at Saskatchewan 8:00 PM CST
Brandon at Calgary 8:00 PM MST
UFV at UBC 8:00 PM PST 
Alberta at Trinity Western 8:00 PM PST
Regina at Victoria 8:00 PM PST
Lethbridge at Thompson Rivers 8:00 PM PST

Also, Wayne Thomas's preview available here

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