Friday, 11 February 2011

Friday's CIS Action

UPEI at UNB 8:00 PM AST   Varsity Reds can put a virtual lock-down on a playoff spot with at least a split this weekend at home.  Panthers basically need a sweep, especially with their final two games on the road at CBU and at X while trailing Acadia still has six games remaining and plenty of points on the table.  The teams meet again on Saturday afternoon.  Acadia travels to X for a four point game on Saturday in what is an extremely light AUS weekend schedule.

Laval (9-3) at Concordia (8-4) 6:00 PM EST   Stingers need a victory at home, preferably by 11 points or more to gain the tiebreaker in the fourth and final meeting between these two teams.  Home teams have held court in the first 3 and the Stingers hope to have 6'3" Evens Laroche back in the lineup. 

McGill (7-4) at UQAM (4-7) 8:00 PM EST  Redmen still has aspirations of hosting a QUBL semi-final playoff game while Citadins are looking to clinch a playoff spot.  McGill has won the first two meetings between these cross-town rivals with another game at McGill later this month remaining.  Last meeting was an exciting overtime affair in which the Redmen came back and later dominated the extra frame.

Carleton at Toronto 8:00 PM EST   Blues ran into foul trouble against the Ravens in the first meeting in Ottawa and Carleton ran away late for a comfortable win.  Toronto is likely to attack inside with 6'6" Andrew Wasik and 6'6" Drazen Glizic while Ravens will counter with their array of scorers and defenders.  Both teams have clinched their respective positions and will get byes in the first round of the playoffs.

Ottawa at Ryerson 8:00 PM EST  An important game for both teams that will go a long way to determining (a) which team gets a first round home playoff game and (b) finishes third to make it more likely to avoid meeting Carleton in an OUA East semi-final playoff - an Ottawa victory prevents Rye from finishing third - however does not yet lock up third for the Gee-Gees - York would have to win out and then win the tiebreaker (which is currently tied on points).  The Gee-Gees won the first meeting against Ryerson in Ottawa and expect both teams to put tremendous pressure on the ball and on the first pass.  The team that rebounds the ball i.e. keeps opponent off the offensive glass, will likely come out on top.

York at Queen's 8:00 PM EST  An important game for the Lions as they look to finish in a position to host a playoff game.  Unfortunately, York will be without 6'10" Dejan Kravic who hurt his ankle against Ottawa last week and is lost for the season.  Queen's needs to win their remaining games and hope Laurentian loses all of theirs and then needs to win the tie-breaker to make the playoffs.  Vees are at RMC tonight.

Laurentian at RMC 8:00 PM EST Laurentian clinches a playoff spot with a victory.  Vees have an outside shot at catching York if they can win out and have York lose at Queen's tonight.

Carleton 19-0
Toronto 14-5
Ottawa 10-9
Ryerson 9-10
York 8-11
Laurentian 6-13
Queen's 3-16
RMC 0-19

Brock at Lakehead 8:00 PM EST   The first of two in Thunder Bay with first place implications for the Thunderwolves and playoff-life implications for the Badgers.  Weekend Preview from Lakehead Basketball

Canada West
Trinity Western at Manitoba 8:00 PM CST
Calgary at Alberta 8:00 PM MST Live stats
UFV at Lethbridge 8:00 PM MST
Thompson Rivers at UBC 8:00 PM PST
Winnipeg at Brandon 8:00 PM CST

Wayne Thomas Canada West weekend preview

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