Thanks to Junkie (not sure if Mark Wacyk is a “He Who Cannot Be Named”) for the opportunity to toss in the odd Canada West essay in his extraordinarily in-depth project.
In terms of those who want to follow Canada West closely let me urge you, if you aren’t already, to become a reader of http://canadawesthoops.com/ a true labour of love from Wayne Thomas. I remember Wayne complaining some years ago as legacy media coverage of now U Sports hoops waned. I sadly informed him with the economic tsunami hitting that enterprise the trend would surely continue. Wayne decided to supply interested readers an outlet on his own.
For a winning trifecta, in addition to this blog and Wayne’s work, I heartily promote folks using Martin Timmerman’s http://cishoops.ca/mbb2016/index.php What a plethora of data!
At any rate, back to the topic that has my attention today: Mike Raimbault’s Winnipeg Wesmen are 4-2 in the Canada West regular season. Meanwhile, range war rival Manitoba Bisons are 2-4 under the direction of Kirby Schepp. But, in terms of potential Canada West playoff seeding who really has the better start to the campaign?
You see, no two squads in the 17 team Canada West play the same slate this season. Top-12 make the playoffs, but those playoffs are seeded by RPI within the Canada West season. So strength of schedule is a massive determinate.
You might think because Winnipeg and Manitoba share the same metro area they’d have similar schedules. If so, you’d be wrong, wrong, wrong.
2016-17 CW Men’s Basketball Standings
|Mount Royal||4||3-1||343||297||Won 2||6|
|Trinity Western||6||2-4||460||501||Lost 3||4|
|UBC Okanagan||6||1-5||426||489||Lost 5||2|
|Thompson Rivers||6||1-5||403||501||Lost 2||2|