U-Sport Friday night Preview

AUS:  A pair of four-point games this evening, both at 7 PM ET/8 PM AT, beginning with UPEI (1-3) at Acadia (2-2) with most focused on the availability of Panthers 6’2″ Tyler Scott, who missed much of last weekend’s pair of losses at UNB after sustaining a hip flexor injury early in last Friday’s game.  Interesting match up in the front court between two of the most productive forwards in the conference as Acadia’s 6’9″ lefty Erik Nissen (20 ppg – 4th in AUS/12.0 rpg – *leads AUS) faces Panthers 6’8″ Dut Dut (16 ppg/10 rpg).  Expect the odd three to be launched between two teams who love to get out and huck it.  Could be a game in the 90’s or 100’s.  In Halifax, UNB (2-2) at Saint Mary’s (3-1) which could be the Javon Masters vs. Marquis Clayton show.  Clayton has rebounded well from an injury-plagued 2015-16 season and sits second in AUS scoring at 20.8 ppg although he was held in relative check during Huskies past two games against Dalhousie.  6’5″ Jamaal Potopsingh is proving to be the most productive of Varsity Reds newcomers as the Brampton native averages 17.0 ppg and appears to have cemented a spot in Coach Brent Baker‘s starting lineup.  On Saturday, the visitors criss-cross with Panthers meeting Huskies and UNB at Acadia.  In other weekend action, Cape Breton Capers (0-4) play two at Memorial (3-1) on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

RSEQ:  The most balanced and competitive conference in the country sees one game tonight as Bishop’s (0-2) travels to Ste. Foy to meet Laval (1-1) as Rouge et Or come off a home win last Sunday vs. Concordia in a game they basically controlled until the last minute before Stingers 6’2″ Nicky Noble missed a great look at a 3 to tie the game and Laval survived.  Bishop’s stormed back from a double-digit deficit at home to UQAM but could not make a couple of plays down the stretch to lose by 4.  Bishop’s will have to find a match up for 6’6″ Alexandre Leclerc.

OUA:  Best game of the night could be Laurentian (2-0) at Toronto (1-2) as Voyageurs dynamic 6’2″ freshman guard Kadre Gray (Toronto Oakwood) returns home for a match at the Goldring Center.  The coaching match-up features a pair of Voyageur player alumni from the Peter Campbell coaching tree in Blues John Campbell and Vees Shawn Swords.  Also in downtown Toronto, rapidly-improving Nipissing Lakers and their athletic group invade the Mattamy Center to face Ryerson Rams.  #1 Carleton Ravens make their OUA regular season debut in Sault Ste. Marie against Algoma, which comes off a character win at Laurier last Saturday afternoon.  I was reminded that the T-Birds were within single digits late in last season’s game at Carleton.  Western (0-3) is at Lakehead (1-2) while Waterloo travels to York and Laurier is in Kingston to face Queen’s.

Three Canada West games on our radar with Lethbridge in Winnipeg for a 9 PM ET start while other interesting games include undefeated Alberta hosting Thompson Rivers and Manitoba Bisons continuing their challenging early season schedule at UBC.



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