In Montreal, UQAM's Holiday tournament returns for another year with a format similar to last season in which three teams from QUBL meet three teams from other conferences over three days in a partial round robin affair - there will be no games between two QUBL teams. Including the host Citadins (2-9 vs CIS overall), QUBL teams McGill Redmen (7-6 overall vs. CIS) and Bishop's Gaiters (0-17 overall vs. CIS) will participate. Others in the tournament include Guelph Gryphons (OUA West; 5-11 overall vs. CIS), Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA East; 7-8 overall vs. CIS) and Memorial Sea-hawks (AUS; 2-8 overall vs. CIS).
Feature games of the tournament include the 6:30 game on the first night of the tournament (Tuesday, December 28th) as McGill faces the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Head Coach David DeAveiro's first game against the Gee-Gees program he turned around over a ten-year period. The following day, the McGill vs. Guelph game pits two coaches in DeAveiro and Gryphs mentor Chris O'Rourke who together led Canada's Student team to a pair of Universaid Games, winning the Bronze medal in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand. The final game of the tournament features a rematch of an October game at the Jack Donohue tournament between the Citadins and Ottawa Gee-Gees, won by Ottawa 80-62. The Gee-Gees and Bishop's Gaiters also met earlier this season in Ottawa with the home side winning by 2 in the first game of the pre-season for both.
Tuesday 28 December
4 PM Bishop's vs Memorial... Hawks got their first win in AUS on the final day of the first half with a 10 point win at home against Saint Mary's as 6'0" fourth-year guard Mark Woodland exploded for 38 points including 4-7 3's.
6:30 PM McGill vs Ottawa... After garnering some Top 10 consideration in the pre-season, the Gee-Gees had several tight losses during their 2-6 start to the regular season and look for a second-half rebound from pre-season All-Canadian candidate Warren Ward who suffered through an injury-plagued first half. The Redmen have stitched together an over .500 record overall and sit in third place in the QUBL.
8:30 PM UQAM vs Guelph... The Citadins struggled in the pre-season but have won 2 of their 5 league games to sit in fourth in the Q. Guelph has rarely had a full roster due to a spat of injuries and lost 6'0" guard Kareem Malcolm for the rest of the year with a severe elbow injury.
Wednesday 29 December
4 PM McGill vs Guelph
6:30 PM Bishop's vs Ottawa
8:30 PM UQAM vs Memorial
Thursday 30 December
Noon Guelph vs Bishop's
2 PM McGill vs Memorial
4 PM UQAM vs Ottawa