NCAA Games in Toronto announced


Fans in the Greater Toronto Area will get an opportunity to take in U-Sport vs. NCAA Division 1 basketball this summer as Kerr Hall on the campus of Ryerson University hosts 4 games involving Ryerson Rams, Southern Methodist University Mustangs, Binghamton Bearcats and McMaster Marauders, as new Head Coach Patrick Tatham makes his debut as Marauder Head Coach.  Also included in the schedule is the Crown League men’s league champions, who will play the Mustangs as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 12th.

Note that all games will take place at Kerr Hall Gym and not Mattamy Center.

Schedule
Thursday August 10:   SMU vs. Ryerson 7PM (Kerr Hall Gym)
Saturday August 12 (Doubleheader):   Ryerson vs. Binghamton 2PM (Kerr Hall Gym)
SMU vs. Crown 4PM (Kerr Hall Gym)
Sunday August 13:  Binghamton vs. McMaster 12 noon (Kerr Hall Gym).

 

UBC travels to Costa Rica in August


Joining McGill Redmen and Laurentian Voyageurs, Kevin Hanson‘s UBC Thunderbirds will travel to Costa Rica this August.  The T-Birds, who have attracted arguably the top recruiting class in the entire nation, will play three games including two against Nevada Wolf Pack (also known as University Nevada, Reno) the defending Mountain West Conference champions, coached by former NBA coach Eric Musselman.  Nevada was defeated in the first round of the NCAA tournament by Iowa State Cyclones 84-73.  UBC will also play UTEP Miners who are also scheduled to meet McGill and Laurentian (I believe).  Specific details on the dates of the games are pending.

Hanson has also been named Head Coach of Canada’s entry at this summer’s FISU games in Taipei between August 19th and August 30th.  Hanson and staff are busy identifying a roster and making plans for a pre-tournament training camp.  We plan to have a more comprehensive look at Canada’s team in the coming days.

Montana State to visit Calgary to meet Dinos, Golden Bears


Wayne Thomas at CanadaWestHoops.com is officially confirming what others have previously shared that Calgary Dinos will host NCAA Division 1 games in early August involving Montana State Bobcats from the Big Sky conference.  Bobcats finished 16-16 overall last season including 11-7 in the Big Sky, nabbing the #6 seed in the conference tournament.  However, Montana State, from Bozeman, MT, was defeated by #11 Southern Utah in triple overtime in the first round of the conference tournament.  The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 10th  Montana State at Calgary

Friday, August 11th  Montana State vs. Alberta at Jack Simpson Gym Calgary

Saturday, August 12th  Montana State at Calgary

Sunday, August 13th Montana State vs. Alberta at Jack Simpson Gym Calgary.

More U-Sports vs. NCAA D1 summer games


On the heels of the announcement of Brock’s summer schedule, the following games have also been confirmed:

Thursday, August 10th, 2017  Binghamton vs. Laurier (at Bob Davis Gym, Brock/St.Catharines)

Friday, August 11th, 2017  Jacksonville at Windsor

We are also being told that Jacksonville will play George Brown College (Toronto).

Stay tuned for more.

Badgers summer schedule includes US Virgin Islands trip + 2 home games


On the heels of last summer’s trip to Costa Rica, Head Coach Charles Kissi is taking his Brock Badgers on another trip south, this time to the U.S. Virgin Islands – the second U-Sports men’s basketball team along with Carleton that will participate in a series of exhibition games against NCAA Division 1 competition this coming August on the Caribbean island.  Badgers trip will overlap with Carleton’s by a couple of days with Brock planning to play the following schedule:

Wednesday, August 16th  Brock vs. Vanderbilt (SEC)

Thursday, August 17th  Brock vs. Northern Colorado (Big Sky)

Sunday, August 20th Brock vs. James Madison (CAA)

Monday, August 21st Brock vs. James Madison (CAA).

Prior to leaving for their U.S. Virgin Islands trip, the Badgers will also host a pair of NCAA Divsion 1 programs at the Bob Davis Gym in St. Catharines, as follows:

Wednesday, August 9th  Binghamton at Brock …  The Bearcats finished 12-20 overall and were the #7  in America East this past season losing in the first round of the conference tournament.  Bearcats are the second America East squad to visit Canada this summer along with conference rivals University of New Hampshire.

Sunday, August 13th  Jacksonville at Brock… The Dolphins finished 17-16 overall including 5-9 in the Atlantic Sun conference losing in the first round of the tournament to North Florida.  The tournament was ultimately captured by Florida Gulf Coast.  Jacksonville did get an invite to the Hugh Durham Classic – CollegeInsider.com post season tournament where Dolphins were defeated by St. Francis (Pa.) in the first round.

More NCAA vs. U-Sport Action confirmed


Thanks to the great work of John Dangelas and JD Sports, U-Sport men’s basketball summer calendars are filling up with games against visiting NCAA programs.  Here are the latest confirmations:

Southern Methodist University (SMU) … The Mustangs, defending American Athletic Conference champions, come off a 30-5 season in 2016-17, dulled somewhat after a first-round loss to USC Trojans in the NCAA tournament.  Mustangs welcome 6’8″ Isiaha Mike, a native of Scarborough, ON, as a transfer from Duquesne.

Tuesday, Aug. 8th at McGill in Montreal (scrimmage) then to Toronto for games to be announced shortly.

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St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers…  4-27, 2-16 last season in Northeast Conference

Saturday, August 26th at UQAM (tentative)

Sunday, August 27th at Carleton in Ottawa 3 PM

Monday, August 28th at McGill 7 PM

Tuesday, August 29th at Concordia 7 PM

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Siena Saints… 17-17 overall lost in MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) tournament championship in OT to Iona.  Saints feature Canadian 6’3″ Kadeem Smithen (Thornhill Thornlea) who averaged about 14 mpg last season including 10 starts.

Monday, August 28th vs. Carleton (location to be determined)

Tuesday, August 29th at McGill 7 PM

Thursday, August 31st at Concordia 6 PM

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Hofstra Pride…  15-17 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach Joe Mihalich spent 15 seasons as Head Coach at Niagara College Purple Eagles in Buffalo.

Tuesday, August 29th at UQAM 7 PM

Wednesday, August 30th at Carleton 7 PM

Friday, September 1st at Concordia 7 PM

Saturday, September 2nd at McGill 3 PM

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Ramapo College (New Jersey, D3)… Ramapo is a top end NCAA Division III program out of New Jersey that annually competes for the DIII championship.

Monday, August 28th  at uOttawa 7 PM.

There are one or two other schools with tentative plans to travel north.  We will share these schedules as soon as we get them.

Ravens travel to U.S. Virgin Islands for 4 August NCAA games


The summer tours to places south for U-Sport men’s basketball programs continue as Carleton Ravens will visit U.S. Virgin Islands (located in the Caribbean Sea southeast of Puerto Rico) for four games in five days in mid-August.  Coach Dave Smart’s team will play the following schedule:

Monday, August 14th, 2017:  Carleton vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017:  Carleton vs. Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky)

Thursday, August 17th, 2017:  Carleton vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC)

Friday, August 18th, 2017:  Carleton vs. James Madison Dukes (CAA)

Vanderbilt (19-16 overall last season) is coached by Bryce Drew who some may recall was the hero as a players many years ago when he hit a buzzer beating shot for Valparaiso in the NCAA tournament.  The Commodores advanced to the SEC tournament semi-finals this past March before losing to Arkansas and then fell short after staging a late comeback to lose by two in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Northeastern this past March.  Vanderbilt did sweep three games from SEC power Florida Gators, who entered the NCAA tournament ranked #20 and lost only 7 games overall last season.

Northern Colorado finished 11-18 overall last season including 7-11 in the Big Sky Conference.  The Bears, from Greely, CO, did not participate in the Big Sky tournament this past season as a result of a self-imposed post-season ban amid an ongoing NCAA investigation into program violations.

Carleton’s final opponent on the tour, James Madison Dukes from the Colonial Athletic Association have a decidedly international flavor to their roster with at least 5 foreign players.  JMU, from Harrisburg, VA, finished 10-23 overall including 7-11 in the CAA this past season, losing in the second round of the conference tournament as the #7 seed to #2 seed College of Charleston who went on to lose in the conference championship game against UNC-Wilmington.

We hope to have more details on this tour as it potentially becomes available.

 

 

Crimson Tide visit Canada with two likely “one-and-done” lottery pick recruits


While there will be numerous NCAA Division 1 teams touring Canada this coming August and early September – we’ve already shared that Towson and New Hampshire will play in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa – the visit by Alabama Crimson Tide and third-year coach Avery Johnson, the former NBA star and champion with San Antonio Spurs plus coaching veteran, may have the highest profile.

Johnson has assembled a Top 5 recruiting class which includes at least two guards who figure to declare for the NBA Draft after their freshmen seasons in Birmingham including 6’3″ point guard Collin Sexton, who ESPN rates as the #2 PG in America, and 6’5″ off guard John Petty rated by ESPN as #4 SG in the U.S.A.  Johnson has also recruited a pair of athletic native Alabamans in 6’9″ Alex Reese and 6’5″ Herb Jones.

Canadian fans should be able to get an up-close view of at least two potential lottery picks (Sexton and Petty) this summer at the following games:

Monday, August 7th    Alabama at McGill in Montreal

Wednesday, August 9th   Alabama at Carleton in Ottawa

Thursday, August 10th    Alabama at uOttawa in Ottawa.

Crimson Tide finished 19-15 overall last season including a 10-8 mark in SEC play, winning a pair of early-round games in the SEC tournament before giving up a late lead to fall 79-74 in the semi-finals to eventual conference champions Kentucky Wildcats.  Alabama was later denied a spot in the NCAA tournament and subsequently accepted an invite to the NIT where Bama lost their first round game to Richmond Spiders.

Bama loses just one starter, 6’7″ Riley Norris from last season’s squad and also features the coach’s son, 5’11” Avery Johnson Jr. a rising senior who came off the bench last season.  For those fans who recall the Kentucky teams of the mid-to-late 80’s, Alabama features also features Associate Head Coach John Pelphrey on their staff.

New Hampshire latest NCAA D1 program to confirm Canadian/U-Sport tour


The Wildcats finished 20-12 and advanced to the semi-finals of the America East playoffs last season, losing 74-41 to eventual conference champions Vermont Catamounts.  New Hampshire returns three seniors and is already funded raising for this trip.

New Hampshire Coach Bill Herrion and team will play to the following schedule in August:

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at Laval (Ste. Foy, PQ)

Monday, August 21st, 2017 at Concordia (Montreal)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at Carleton (Ottawa)

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at UQAM (Montreal)

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 vs. Ottawa in Montreal (site to be determined).

Note that the Wildcats will not face RSEQ champions McGill Redmen, who will be just returning from their trip to Costa Rica.

We expect to have the schedules of at least six other NCAA schools visiting Canada this summer clarified and communicated in the coming days.  Fans in Ontario and Quebec will be treated to a plethora of U-Sports/NCAA games in early August and late August/early September.

Capers add experienced GTA product


Head Coach David Petroziello continued his re-make of Cape Breton Capers, adding 6’2″ Scarborough native Kevon Mascoe, who spent the past three seasons at George Brown College playing for Coach Jonathan Smith.  Mascoe, a physical slasher who can defend, this past season saved his best for the OCAA championship game, leading all scorers with 32 points as the Huskies lost 76-74 on a last second buzzer beater.  Huskies had one of the finest seasons in their history, finishing 19-1 in the OCAA East this past season with Mascoe averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds overall.  Mascoe is a high school graduate of Pope (now St.) John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough and landed at George Brown after considering and visiting at least two other schools.  Mascoe will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and expect him to be a plug-and-play wing guard for the Capers this coming season.