Calgary at Alberta in Canada West tonight


#4 Calgary (12-1, 7-1) at #8 Alberta (17-3, 10-0)… In what could be a Canada West Final 4 preview, the Golden Bears, fresh off their Wesmen Classic championship game appearance, host the Dinos for the first of a home-and-home in Edmonton.  Both teams have multiple common opponents and, prominently, both have suffered defeats at the hands of Manitoba Bisons.  Calgary split at home against Manitoba during the first weekend of the CW regular season with Bisons taking the first game while Golden Bears, after sweeping a pair in Winnipeg in the regular season, could not complete the three-game sweep on a neutral floor in Winnipeg at the Duckworth Center, bowing last weekend in the championship of the Wesmen Classic.  Both teams are deep and talented in the back court, on the wing and across the front line although there are contrasts.  6’1″ Austin Waddoups makes Alberta go and the cerebral, strong-shooting point loves to push the tempo however the U.S. import could be challenged by the athleticism of 5’11” David Kapinga, one of the better if not underrated guards in the country for Calgary.  Dinos have quality on the wings with Moser Award favorite 6’5″ Thomas Cooper and 6’4″ Mambi Diawara who could make life difficult for Alberta’s 6’7″ stud Mamadou Gueye – both Diawara and Gueye are Montreal natives.  Up front, 6’7″ Brody Clarke is fashioning an all-conference-type season and continues to improve his strength and fundamental ability to score and in some stretches dominate in the paint.  Calgary’s combination of 6’6″ Connor Foreman and 6’7″ Matt Ellis should take turns on Clarke and may or may not be on the floor when imposing 7’1″ Brett Roughead gets time – Bears do play periods of zone with the big guy in the game especially when Roughead’s check is skilled enough offensively to play off the high ball screen.  Youngsters 6’2″ Andre Kelly and 6’3″ Dwan Williams of Alberta are likely to have to deal with 6’6″ Lars Schlueter and his perimeter shooting ability.  This promises to be one of the best games of the entire season in any conference and is available on Canada West TV beginning at 8 PM Mountain time with, if memory serves, what is usually one of the best if not the best produced and commentated broadcasts in the country.

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