Top games we are watching include Saint Mary’s at Memorial in the AUS, Queen’s at Windsor (4 PM ET start) and McMaster at Laurentian in the OUA and the rematches between UBC/Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) and Alberta at Calgary. Here is a complete chronological preview of today’s action:
4 PM ET
UQAM (2-3 RSEQ) at Concordia (3-2)... Stingers come off a trip to Florida while Citadins hosted their own tournament over the Holidays struggling to an 0-3 record against 3 U-Sport teams including a 21 point loss to Guelph on the final day of the tournament. This will be the third of 4 meetings between the 2 teams with Stingers having won the first 2 including a 7 point win at UQAM on December 3rd.
Queen’s (6-1 OUA) at Windsor (5-4)... Lancers welcomed back 6’3″ Mitch Farrell to their lineup last night vs. York, bringing Windsor back to full strength with now 4 legitimate higher-end players with 6’7″ Luke Allin, 6’2″ Micqueel Martin and 5’10” Joe Rocca. Gaels held off a late charge at Western last night and as always are led offensively by OUA All-Star 6’2″ Sukhpreet Singh. A victory today in Windsor would rank as one the best-ever recent road wins for the Gaels.
6:30 PM ET
Saint Mary’s (4-3 AUS) at Memorial (6-2) *FOUR POINT GAME... Seahawks continued their fine play since November, sweeping 3 games at the Olga Hrycak UQAM Holiday tournament in Montreal and remain in top spot in the AUS standings. However, the Huskies present arguably their toughest opponent since their trips to Ontario in October. Saint Mary’s held tough until the fourth quarter in the Shoveller championship game against #3 uOttawa and continue to get tremendous play from their athletic guards/wings.
7 PM ET
Dalhousie (5-2 AUS) at UPEI (2-6) *FOUR POINT GAME... Tigers have struggled recently finding that go-to offensive guy who can create scoring on demand. In their upset loss to Saint Mary’s in the Shoveller semi-final, Dal went through long stretches of inconsistency on the offensive end. Still this is a deep and talented group with the hungry Panthers, looking to avenge a terrible first-half with the re-addition of 6’2″ Lorenzo Parker into the lineup. Panthers played uOttawa tough for 3 quarters and then won their final two Shoveller matches to build some momentum toward this very important home game.
UNB (5-3 AUS) at St. FX (5-3)... X hosts the second of 4 consecutive AUS home games tonight against a rapidly-improving Varsity Reds team that has won 7 of their past 8 games including a pair of holiday wins over Holland College, a favorite for the CCAA national title. 6’1″ Javon Masters, now the AUS’s second all-time leading scorer, is somewhat fortunate that X’s top perimeter defender 6’1″ Akil Charles is on the mend however Reds have multiple offensive weapons and were on fire from the perimeter last night at Cape Breton. X-Men rallied for an improbable comeback win over Acadia at home last night as 6’1″ Tristen Ross went off down the stretch.
8 PM ET
Ottawa at Laurier... Golden Hawks Head Coach Justin Serresse coaches his first game against his old program uOttawa Gee-Gees and mentor James Derouin. Gee-Gees, who may have had their best overall defensive effort of the regular season last night at Waterloo, have by now had a good look at the high-potential of 6’1″ Tevaun Kokko.
Lakehead at Toronto... Blues solid first five produced a strong, emphatic comeback win over Guelph last night and welcome another scrappy defensive team in the Thunderwolves who kept it close until the third quarter last night at Ryerson.
McMaster at Laurentian... Maybe the most interesting game in the OUA this evening as Voyageurs kept it tight last night against Brock. Marauders have an emerging first-team all-OUA forward in 6’7″ Connor Gilmore while defending 6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray is likely to be a priority.
Brock at Nipissing... Badgers got a well-balanced offensive performance last night in Sudbury and, more encouraging, great leadership from 5’11” Tyler Brown, the sophomore point guard.
York at Western… Two teams trying to mount a playoff run. Both got high-end performances in losing efforts last night as Lions 6’5″ Brandon Ramirez exploded for a career-high 31 points and 15 rebounds at Windsor while 6’1″ freshman Omar Shiddo put on a dazzling shooting display with five 3’s in the fourth quarter but Mustangs gave up a late 3 to lose at home to Queen’s.
Guelph at Ryerson... Gryphs let U of T off the hook last night and will likely have their hands full with the athletic, talented Rams at the old MLG.
Carleton at Waterloo... Ravens awoke after halftime last night, scoring 69 points in the second half of what turned into a very easy win at Laurier. Warriors were stifled with only 16 points in the first half in a home loss to uOttawa.
Brandon at Mount Royal... Cougars won last night in OT after Bobcats rallied from an 18 point deficit.
Trinity Western at Winnipeg... Wesmen came off their listless effort at the Wesmen Classic by pounding the Spartans from the get-go last night.
9 PM ET
UBC at Saskatchewan... Another Top 3 game of the night, Huskies try to sweep the previously-undefeated Thunderbirds behind a resurgent 6’6″ Matt Forbes and newcomer 6’2″ Lawrence Moore.
Alberta at Calgary... Arguably the biggest game of the night across the country, Dinos try to sweep Alberta after breaking open a tight game during a 4 minute stretch of the third quarter on Thursday in Edmonton. Golden Bears lost the services of 6’2″ Andre Kelly midway through that game but more important is how 6’1″ point guard Austin Waddoups and 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye bounce back after mediocre efforts on Thursday.
10 PM ET
Regina at UBC-O... Cougars try to complete the sweep of a very important pair of road games.
MacEwan at Fraser Valley... Cascades try to sweep at home and shake off a lackluster first half of the season.
11 PM ET
Victoria at Thompson Rivers... UVic dominated last night, especially defensively which is a staple of a Craig Beaucamp-coached side. Vikes had a tough first half schedule and look to solidify a playoff position.