The first full weekend of CIS pre-season action kicked off last night with McMaster’s upset win over McGill and UVic coming from behind to win at home on the first night of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament at Victoria. There are 3 other tournaments that get started today including several other non-conference (exhibition) games.
Action begins in Montreal at 4 PM ET when uOttawa faces UQAM with the country anxious to see how the Citadins line-up without All-Canadian Kewyn Blain who abruptly left the program toward the end of the summer. Gee-Gees make their CIS debut without their own all-Canadian/Moser winner Mike L’Africain and will likely use sophomore 5’11” guard Calvin Epistola at the point until McMaster transfer Adam Presutti becomes eligible later this term.
An hour later, another interesting match-up happens at the Stu Aberdeen Memorial tournament at Acadia as consensus #1 Carleton Ravens meet Laval, a program that has upgraded their depth and talent across the front line, wing and at the point. One noted coach believes Rouge et Or are the favorites for capturing the RSEQ this season. This game is available on AUSTV.
At 6 PM ET, Laurentian meets Algoma, which captured their own tournament last weekend and then a slew of games begin in the 7 o’clock hour including Queen’s at Concordia and Memorial at Toronto. The Eric Garland tournament has an interesting all-AUS matchup at 7 PM also as UNB and Saint Mary’s clash – some put the over/under on this game at 213.
Also at 7 PM ET, AUSTV should cover the pre-game ceremony honoring Stu Aberdeen that will name the floor after the popular and successful coach who put Acadia basketball on the map in the 1960’s. St. FX will meet Acadia in the first game on the newly-named floor as Steve Konchalski starts his 42nd year as X-Men Head Coach.
AUSTV and Canada West TV ($30 for a season’s pass) covers all the games involving their respective teams.