#1 Ryerson (12-2, 8-1)… At Laurentian tonight and at Nipissing tomorrow. Ben Avery can be a tough place to play and Rye could experience some level of hang-over after their big weekend but expect Rams to sweep ahead of their big home game this coming Wednesday night vs. #6 Brock.
#2 Ottawa (19-3, 9-1)… Gee-Gees host Queen’s tonight and York tomorrow night. Lions have already made one trip to Ottawa this season for the Jack Donohue Memorial Tip-off at uOttawa, losing 3 games including a double digit loss to the host Gee-Gees which was a very good, close game through 3 quarters. Gaels and Gee-Gees met previously at Queen’s pre-season tournament with tournament MVP Brody Maracle going off in Ottawa’s easy win.
#3 Carleton (13-3, 8-2)… Ravens host an athletic York side this evening and then a contrast in styles with Queen’s tomorrow night. Ravens and Gee-Gees are expected to sweep their games this weekend ahead of next Friday’s Capital Hoops Classic, expected to draw over 10,000 fans to the Canadian Tire Center in Kanata.
#4 Calgary (17-6, 12-3)… Idle this weekend getting prepared to host Lethbridge next weekend. The Horns entertain Alberta Golden Bears hoping to have Dejon Burdeaux back in the line up after dealing with injuries. Bears have not had 6’2″ freshman Dwan Williams, from Toronto Oakwood, in the lineup since before the Holiday break, out with a wrist injury.
#5 McMaster (13-3, 9-2)… Marauders make the trip to the Thunderdome in Thunder Bay for a pair of games Friday and Saturday against the spunky Lakehead T-Wolves. Long-time former Marauder coaching staff member and current Lakehead coach Manny Furtado, a Hamilton native, goes up against his old team and boss for a couple of seasons in Mac coach Amos Connolly. Mac is flying, having won 8 in a row, all by double digits. Lakehead, which has played just 1 (one) game since before Christmas and will play only 3 games total in January, after this weekend will play 8 games in the span of 23 days to complete their regular season schedule in what is simply a ridiculous set-up.
#6 Brock (15-2, 8-2)… Idle this weekend and next plays at #1 Ryerson this coming Wednesday in Toronto.
#7 UBC (13-5, 10-4)… T-Birds travel to Victoria to take on their long-time, bitter arch rival Vikes as UBC Head Coach Kevin Hanson looks to move into second place on the Canada West coaches all-time conference wins list ahead of the late Guy Vetrie with a view to catch all-time leader Don Horwood. Vikes need wins to fortify their hopes for a playoff spot and potential home series in either the opening round or quarter-final. Vic is currently 7-7 in the 7th and final playoff spot in the Pioneer Division of Canada West.
#8 Thompson Rivers (13-2, 12-2)… WolfPack, along with the entire Explorer Division, is off this weekend. TRU has a three-game lead over 2nd place Fraser Valley. Pack and Cascades meet in two weeks in Abbotsford after TRU swept UFV in Kamloops before Christmas. Thompson Rivers could clinch first place in their conference after those games.
#9 Dalhousie (15-5, 9-4)… Tigers host third-place Acadia on Saturday in a four-point game at DalPlex which should go a long way to determining the top two seeds in the AUS tournament. Axemen Shaquille Smith finished a fast break lay-up that just beat the buzzer to lift Acadia to a two-point win at home over Dal in the only other AUS regular season meeting between the 2 teams.
#10 McGill (14-4, 6-3)… Redmen looked sluggish offensively again last night’s at home vs. Bishop’s but did break a three-game losing streak, using pressure “d” to push the tempo and win rather easily. The team’s meet again Saturday night in Lennoxville in the second of a home-and-home.
Other important games this weekend:
Memorial (5-7) at UNB (6-6) (Saturday night and Sunday afternoon)… Both teams are presently in playoff spots but a sweep either way would put the losing side in potential precarious positions.
Regina (8-4) at Manitoba (9-5) (Friday and Saturday at 6 PM CT)… Both teams can push into a top 3 spot in CW with a sweep – appealing given a finish in those spots would give teams the home court advantage in Best-of-3 CW quarter-finals.
Alberta (7-6) at Lethbridge (7-5)… Alberta is currently in 8th spot and out of a playoff position in Canada West so at least one win on the road is critical this weekend. Expect near-sell out crowds in Lethbridge which means >1,000 fans hopefully.