Saturday, 6 November 2010

Saturday's CIS Preview

Afternoon Games:

Laurier (1-0) at RMC (0-1) 3:00 PM EDT  The Golden Hawks come off a solid road win at Queen's last night and hope to get out of Kingston at 2-0 in advance of next weekend's home games against Carleton and Ottawa.  The Paladins were defeated by Waterloo last night.

Lethbridge (1-4) at Regina (3-0) 3:00 PM MDT/5:00 PM EDT  The Cougars got a nice effort from 6'7" Paul Gareau last night in a foul-filled game that saw a parade to the free throw line.  Look for 6'3" Danhue Lawrence to recover from last night's 1-9 effort from the floor.   Live stats

Games Tonight:
AUS Action
Cape Breton at Memorial 8:00 PM ADT
  The first of two this weekend between the Capers and Sea-hawks in St. John's.  The Capers look to bounce back from a mediocre pre-season after dealing with some injuries.

OUA Interlocking
Western (1-0) at York (0-1) 8:00 PM EDT   Much like last season in the early going, teams are finding it relatively easy to score against the Lions and the Mustangs have plenty of firepower.  5'11" David Tyndale continues to blossom as a high-calibre CIS scoring point guard and will have his hands full with quick and strong 5'10" fourth-year veteran Ryan Barbeau.  Nice matchp inside between Lions' twin towers of 6'10" Dejan Kravic (a London native) and 6'10" Stefan Haynes and 6'8" Adam Jespersen, 6'6" Andy Wedemire and 6'6" Garrett Olexiuk.

Brock (1-0) at Carleton (1-0) 8:00 PM EDT  The Badgers will likely have to shoot the ball much better than last night's 36% while the Ravens continue to defend and limit to teams to one shot in battle of undefeated teams.  6'1" Andrew Kraus, the cagy fifth-year point guard, leads Brock.
McMaster (0-1) at Toronto (1-0) 8:00 PM EDT  The Varsity Blues continue to get it done with tremendous perimeter shooting and an ability to keep teams off balance with their defenses.  The Marauders appeared to have last night's game against Ryerson in hand before a six point play including an intentional foul turned the game around.  Mac will have to keep their fouling to a minimum.  6'3" Ben Garvin had a very strong finish to last night's win against Lakehead.

Windsor (1-0) at Laurentian (0-1) 8:00 PM EDT  The Voyageurs fought back hard from a 20 point halftime deficit last night to make it a game against Western and will have to get off to a better start against the Lancers as 6'3" Isaac Kuon comes off his career-high 43 point effort at York last night.

Waterloo (1-0) at Queen's (0-1) 8:00 PM EDT  A pair of similar style teams face off in Kingston with the Warriors having a more experienced roster and a fresh lineup after last night's smacking of the Paladins at RMC.  The Gaels hope 6'2" Dan Bannister gets back to full strength soon.

Guelph (0-1) at Ottawa (0-1) 8:00 PM EDT    The Gryphs look to grab one win in Ottawa tonight behind 5'11" Kareem Malcolm.  Although 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli played last night, he still appears to be less than 100%, lacking the explosiveness he had prior to multiple knee surgeries.  The Gee-Gees had a poor shooting effort especially from the foul line and need to find more offense beyond 6'6" Warren Ward to succeed longer term.

Lakehead (0-1) at Ryerson (1-0) 8:00 PM EDT  An intriguing matchup of two very athletic teams with several players having strong ties to the GTA.  The Rams are suffering with 3 key rotation guys injured last night but were still able to gut out a come-from-behind win over McMaster.  Lakehead does not appear to be defending with the purpose of last season but still has the firepower.

Canada West Action
Calgary (2-3) at Winnipeg (1-1) 8:00 PM CDT/9:00 PM EDT  The Wesmen used their athleticism to push the tempo at both ends last night and if not for a tremendous 20 point, 19 rebound effort from 6'9" Tyler Fidler, the result would have been worse as Winnipeg handed the Dinos their third loss already.

Fraser Valley (0-2) at Saskatchewan (2-2) 8:00 PM MDT/10 PM EDT  The first of two this weekend in Saskatoon as the Huskies look to get some consistency that has been missing, especially on their front line while the Cascades try to get healthy with point guard Zeon Gray leading the way for a guard/perimeter oriented group that has had their front line ravaged by injury.

UBC (4-1) at Alberta (2-1) 8:00 PM MDT/10:00 PM EDT  The T-Birds have played what likely are three of the top 5 or so teams in Canada West during the first three weekends of the regular season.  The young Bears gave UBC quite the challenge last night and have an emerging impact player in 6'3" Daniel Ferguson, who went off for 29 last night.
Manitoba (3-1) at Victoria (3-2) 7:00 PM PDT/10:00 PM EDT  UVic completely took away the Bisons forwards last night and got a balanced effort from their deep rotation in pulling away for the route.  Manitoba needs to get more from their bench as thus far many of the minutes and shots are going to their three starting guards/wings Eric Garcia, Sean Maxwell and Josh Ogden, who continues to have an outstanding assists to turnover ratio of almost 6 to 1 (23 to 4).

Trinity Western (3-2) at Thompson Rivers (0-5) 7:00 PM PDT / 10:00 PM EDT  Poor starts have been plaguing the WolfPack however keeping 7'2" Greg Stewart out of foul trouble will beneficial also.  The Spartans have had 3 blowout wins and in each case the games were basically over by the middle of the second quarter.  6'3" Calvin Westbrook had 27 points last night.

Check the Canada West web site for details on how to watch the action live!  As well, Streaming Sports Network has several games on tap.

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