#7 Dal kicks off final AUS and U-Sport penultimate weekend tonight

With U.S. Thanksgiving upon us, the penultimate weekend of U-Sport men’s basketball in calendar 2016 kicks off tonight on five fronts, beginning at 7 PM ET as #7 Dalhousie (11-3, 4-1) travels to Wolfville for a meeting with Acadia (5-7, 4-2).  Recall these two teams went to double OT before Tigers prevailed at the end of October in a pre-season game played at venerable Scotiabank Place in downtown Halifax.  Dal played without the services of 6’6″ Sven Stammberger and 5’11” point guard Ritchie Kanza-Mata while Axemen were without their sharpshooting 6’5″ wing forward Kyle Arsenault.  6’10” Erik Nissen, who on that night dominated inside with 36 points and 13 rebounds, missed a pair of free throws with a chance to tie it with 5 seconds remaining.  Earlier, 6’3″ Ben Miller had tied the game for Acadia with a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of regulation in a match with numerous dramatics.  Expect much of the same in Wolfville tonight…  IN RSEQ, cross-town rivals Concordia Stingers (8-5, 2-1) and McGill Redmen (7-3, 1-1) meet at Love Competition Hall in what already is a sold-out game.  Stingers come off a tight win at home vs. UQAM while Redmen suffered their first loss of the regular season in OT at UQAM last Thursday and expect to have their three rotation regulars 6’2″ Dele Ogundukun, 6’7″ Francois Bourque and 6’5″ Michael Peterkin back in the lineup this evening after the trio helped represent Canada at a World 3 on 3 tournament in Dubai last week, losing in the first round of the tournament.  Stingers have been challenged with their perimeter shooting recently but always defend and rebound.  Both teams have quality depth, solid inside play and it likely that the guard match-ups could dictate tonight’s result.  Two of the best freshman in the conference will do battle with Stingers 6’2″ lefty shooter Nicky Noble and 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin, who came alive late in Redmen’s OT loss at UQAM last week… Three games in Canada West as Brandon travels to the Duckworth Center in Winnipeg for the first of a Thursday/Friday home-and-home affair with the Wesmen, Calgary Dinos travel to Lethbridge in the first of a Thursday/Saturday home-and-home while MacEwan Griffins are in Calgary to face Mount Royal Cougars in a Thursday/Friday doubleheader.


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