Wednesday, 11 January 2012

CIS Action on Wednesday Night

AUS Tonight
Saint Mary's (4-5) at Acadia (3-3)  First of four meeting this season between the Huskies and Axemen and both teams come off impressive outings with Saint Mary's renewing their commitment to the defensive end, especially guarding the ball, while Acadia finally has a healthy rotation that has had time to play together.  Both teams have a solid stable of guards and wings - the difference may be how well the Huskies deal with 6'10" Owen Klassen inside.  Game is on SSN Canada.

St. FX (7-0) at Cape Breton (4-3)  In their first meeting, the X-Men, down 11 at halftime at home in Antigonish, outscored the Capers by 30 in the second half including 30-11 in the fourth to win going away by 19.  Game likely to be broadcast on Capers TV.

OUA West Tonight
McMaster (8-2) at Brock (7-3)  While, both teams retain hopes of a first-round playoff bye, tonight's contest more practically will go a long way in determining how probable hosting a post-season game will be.  Expect Badgers find matchups inside with 6'6" Mark Gibson inside looking to draw doubles.  Marauders coach Amos Connelly has lamented his teams inconsistency on the defensive end and the Badgers were porous at Laurier on Saturday so many would expect a game in the 90's.  6'7" Jameson Tipping presents matchup problems with his size and perimeter skills.  At the point, fifth-year Brock guard Andrew Kraus has experience over Marauders who have been running 6'2" Adam Presutti and 6'4" Aaron Redpath for major minutes at the lead guard spot.  Brock must account for 6'6" Cam Michaud and 6'3" Victor Raso.

Waterloo (4-6) at Windsor (7-3)  Two teams going in opposite directions as the Warriors have been humbled in their first two games after the Holidays while Windsor has defended as well as any Lancer team in recent memory with home wins over McMaster and Guelph.  6'2" Enrico Diloreto, one of the leading offensive talents in the conference, continues to work through a high ankle sprain while 6'1" Josh Collins is authoring a first-team all-star type season.  Key to Warriors is health of 6'3" Cam McIntyre (back) however 6'1" Mike Wright continues to push his game to a higher level and his point guard matchup with Collins should be a good one.  Game available on SSN Canada.

Guelph (5-5) at Western (3-7)  With the final playoff spot in the OUA West seemingly shaping up into a three-team battle, a road win by the Gryphons would solidify their hold on the post-season.  The Mustangs have an emerging star in 6'5" lefty Peter Scholtes who, in the absence of 5'11" fifth-year guard and leading scorer Ryan Barbeau, single-handidly kept them in Saturday's loss at #3 Lakehead in Thunder Bay.  Both teams lack comparative size inside.  No word on whether oft-injured 6'6" Adam Jespersen will be available for Western.

OUA West Standings
Laurier 9-1
Lakehead 9-1
McMaster 8-2
Brock 7-3
Windsor 7-3
Guelph 5-5
Waterloo 4-6
Western 3-7

In a rare mid-week OUA East game, York Lions (0-10) travel to Sudbury to meet Laurentian (2-8).  Game available on SSN Canada.

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