Saturday, January 7, 2012

OUA West Today/Tonight

Four games in the OUA West with two this afternoon and a pair this evening:

3:00 pm Brock at Laurier  The inconsistent Badgers have an opportunity to move into the division title discussion with a victory over the Hawks at Laurier.  Both clubs are reasonably deep however Laurier is more experienced and is probably stronger and more physical.  Brock has fifth-year pg Andrew Kraus making many of the decisions along with 6'1" Didi Mukendi.  Laurier has arguably the most versatile player in the conference in 6'6" Maxwell Allin who is a tough check offensively and can guard anywhere from point to the four spot.  Brock has missed 6'9" Theo Davis during their Florida training camp and thus he was deemed not ready to go this past Wednesday vs. Guelph.  Expect him to be ready for the first place Hawks.  Game is available on Hawkcast.
 
3:00 pm Waterloo at McMaster  Marauders broke down amid stifling Windsor half court "d" and an inability to consistently make use of the post, settling for many perimeter jumpers in the loss to the Lancers on Wednesday night.  Mac misses the consistency and experience of veteran wing forward Scott Laws, the Marauders top defender and an able decision maker, who is still injured.  The Warriors were embarrassed at Laurier and need a much better effort and production from their OUA West all-star 6'3" fifth-year wing Cam McIntyre who was shut down very early in Wednesday's loss at Laurier.

8:00 pm Western at Lakehead The teams meet again after T-Wolves decisive win on Friday during which Western fell behind early but played reasonably even the remainder of the way in Thunder Bay.  Game available on SSN Canada.

8:00 pm Guelph at Windsor   The second of three consecutive home games to start the second half for the Lancers is a date with the scrappy Gryphons, who always play the Lancers tough, especially at the St. Denis Center.  Guelph is always ready to play, especially defensively, which keeps them in most games.  Windsor had arguably their most consistent defensive effort of the season on Wednesday against Mac and hopes to have a healthier Enrico Diloreto, who has played through a high ankle sprain.  6'2" wing Danny McCarthy looks to rebound from a 3 for 16 effort at Brock on Wednesday night as the main scorer and creator for the Gryphs.  Game is available on SSN Canada.

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