Tuesday night (tonight)… SMU Mustangs begin their tour of Canada with a game at McGill in Montreal before making their way to Toronto to meet Ryerson. Mustangs finished 30-5 last season, winning the AAC championship with a victory over Cincinnati which earned SMU the #6 seed in the NCAA tournament and a first round match-up against the mighty USC Trojans (Sam Darnold, Heisman Trophy candidate) where Mustangs lost by 1 on a late Trojan comeback. Mustangs are coached by Tim Jankovich, who took over from the legendary Larry Brown as the interim coach in 2016 and won his final 9 games – unfortunately SMU was on probation. Jankovich claims his team is injury-plagued entering this trip as part of this article/interview video session… Also, Laurentian continues their tour of Costa Rica with the first of two games against Western Kentucky Hilltoppers; Vees are 1-0 thus far, knocking off Montana on Saturday.
Wednesday night… Hot off their 40 point win over McGill in Montreal on Monday, Alabama visits Carleton for a date with the defending national champions. Bama under third-year Head Coach Avery Johnson has brought in a Top 5 recruiting class with at least two freshman earmarked for “one-and-done” status. The Ravens must replace their entire starting backcourt in Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane and struggled in several areas in their loss to Towson last night… Speaking of Towson, the Tigers continue their tour of Quebec with a game at Laval while Brock Badgers, themselves a national championship contender, open their busy August by hosting Binghamton Bearcats in St. Catharines.
Thursday night… SMU travels down the 401 to meet Ryerson in Toronto in what is likely to be a Top 3 NCAA/U-Sports match-up this summer. Rams are likely to be viewed as Canada’s top team by multiple pre-season prognosticators. Towson is at McGill while Alabama continues the Ottawa leg of their tour with a game at Montpetit Hall against uOttawa Gee-Gees who have added a ton of talent including 5’11” Sean Stoqua at the point. Binghamton meets Laurier Golden Hawks in St. Catharines while Montana State starts their four-games in four-days tour of Calgary with a game against the Dinos at the Jake in Calgary. Laurentian plays their second of back-to-backs against Western Kentucky.