Canada West officially changes schedule format, introduces RPI

Mercifully, CIS and Canada West fans are no longer obliged to refer to and follow two separate divisions – that don’t play each other – within the same conference after the announcement today of a new schedule and playoff format for Canada West basketball.  Long? lived the Pioneer and Explorer Divisions, which are no longer in effect.

As our Canada West correspondent alluded to some months ago, the 17 Canada West basketball schools will now play in a single conference, featuring a 20-game regular season schedule. Each team will play four geographical, or historical opponents every year, with games against six of the remaining 12 opponents every other year. Over a four-year rotation in the schedule, each team will play every team in the conference at least twice, and will visit every gym in Canada West at least once.

2016-17 playoffs will feature the top 12 teams based on win/loss record, playing a bracketed post-season structure over a three-week period.  Playoff seeding will be determined by a rating percentage index (RPI), which will be calculated using a combination of winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ average winning percentage. The conference RPI will be published on a weekly basis following the conference’s December break.

The top four teams will receive a bye in the first week of the playoffs, which will feature four best-of-three series.

The following week will consist of four best-of-three quarterfinals, leading to the Final Four hosted by the highest remaining seed.

The season culminates March 9-12, as the CIS men’s Final Eight returns to Halifax for the first time since 2012.

Once again this season you can see every men’s and women’s basketball game live and on-demand by heading to – the official streaming home of Canada West. 2016-17 passes will go on sale August 22, with early bird pricing available on both multi-sport and single sport passes available until September 9.

For a complete look at the 2016 Canada West men’s basketball schedule click here.


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