Brock (1-0) at McMaster (2-0)… A pair of top 10 teams tangle in Hamilton as rivals Badgers and Marauders square off tonight in Hamilton. Most know that Brock coach Charles Kissi is a former Marauder player. The teams split a pair of games last season with Brock winning early at Mac followed by an important Marauder win in front of 3,000+ fans at Meridian Center in St. Catharines in February. Badgers feature much more depth, especially at the wing spots while Marauders depth has thinned out but Mac has thus far received sterling production from the lower portion of their rotation. Key match-up is likely to be at the point guard spot where 6’2″ David McCulloch, who can be a blur in transition, will look to put pressure on fellow Hamiltonian 5’11” Tyler Brown, the sophomore who has grabbed the starting lead guard spot in the Badgers lineup. Marauders come off a sweep of the Lakehead Thunderwolves, who played both games without 6’2″ Nick Burke and 6’5″ stretch 4 Quincy Johnson, both rotation guys who missed the weekend set in Hamilton. Lakehead was able to stay in the games by limiting Mac’s transition opportunities, which, in the pre-season garnered numerous open perimeter looks, as McCulloch set the table for 6’7″ Connor Gilmore and 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic among others. It will be interesting to see how Kissi deals with 6’4″ Rohan Boney when the athletic jumping jack goes to his back-down game in the mid-post; Thunderwolves used a variety of bluffs and digs that attempted to turn Boney into a passer. Brock’s 6’7″ All-Canadian Dani Elgadi comes off a sub-par game by his standards against U of T however Brock’s depth, highlighted by 6’6″ freshman Daniel Cayer and other newcomers, allows Badgers many more scoring alternatives. Brock had healthy leads against the Blues but did not finish strong, holding on for the win. Expect a vocal crowd and a high-quality game at the Burridge Gym this evening.
Guelph (1-1) at Windsor (1-1)... Lancers host their home opener in another rivalry game conjuring up memories of legacy OUA West battles in what is likely to be a perimeter-oriented game. Gryphs 6’5″ post Ahmed Haroon comes off one of the better efforts in his career in what turned out to be a home loss to Queen’s on Saturday night while Lancers split on the weekend, coming from behind to win at much-improved Nipissing as 5’10” Joe Rocca went 7-10 from three before losing at Laurentian as Voyageurs impressive 6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray once again took the game over down the stretch. Lancers await the debut of 6’7″ Luke Allin, the transfer from Laurier who will be eligible to play on Wednesday, November 30th at U of T.
Both games are available on OUATV beginning around 8 PM ET depending upon the duration of the women’s games.