2 PM ET Western (3-3, 0-1) at Waterloo (2-4, 0-0)… A pair of young teams square off in Waterloo with Mustangs hoping to avenge last season’s two-game sweep at the hands of Warriors including the second by 19 points at Alumni Hall when 6’1″ Simon Petrov went off for a career-high 29 points, all but ending Western’s playoff hopes. Look for Waterloo to work the ball inside to 6’6″ Nedim Hodzic, to potentially expose a possible Mustangs defensive weakness. Mustangs did grab 21 offensive rebounds in their lopsided loss at Brock this past Wednesday night in St. Catharines.
4 PM ET Guelph (0-6, 0-1) at Windsor (0-1, 0-0)… Gryphons historically have played well at the St. Denis Center including last season’s 94-85 November win over the Lancers. Guelph’s transition “d” was porous on Wednesday in their loss at Mac but Gryphs did get a strong effort inside from 6’7″ sophomore Banky Elade and welcomed back stalwart 6’7″ sophomore Shawn Carey who electrified the crowd with a spectacular put-back dunk in the third quarter. Windsor comes off a win at Michigan-Dearborn (NAIA) on Wednesday but has been battling the injury bug with prized 6’3″ D2 transfer Telloy Simon still on the shelf. 5’11” Mike Rocca continues to be the key decision maker for Windsor offensively.
4 PM ET Laurier (3-4, 0-0) at #3 Brock (4-0, 1-0)… Badgers dominated Western on Wednesday and, unlike most of their tougher pre-season games, reached deep into their bench and got meaningful minutes beyond their first six, including a 3 for 3 effort from downtown from 6’2″ freshman Kascius Small-Martin. Golden Hawks hope to have 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and veteran 6’1″ guard Chuder Teny back after both missed last weekend’s trip to Eastern Ontario. Kokko and 6’1″ freshman Ali Sow make up a potential offensively-lethal back-court. However, Golden Hawks will have to find a way to diminish the work of 6’7″ Dani Elgadi with their young front court. Veteran 6’7″ Vlad Matovic, who only played in a small handful of pre-season games, is likely to get first crack at Brock’s All-Canadian candidate.
4 PM ET #5 Ottawa (6-0) at #10 McGill (4-2)… The Game-of-the-Day in Montreal between two Top 10 teams that could have wild-card implications down the road. While still undefeated, coach James Derouin has not been comfortable with his team’s consistency of effort and is still searching for his long-term rotation. The Redmen appear to have their defensive mojo back, riding a three-game winning streak – all at home. This game is available LIVE ! on webcast on the McGill Sports Network.
4 PM ET Carleton at Providence (NCAA D1- Big East, Providence, R.I.)… A big test for the Ravens against one of more improved programs in the U.S.A. over the past couple of seasons. Gametracker
5 PM ET UPEI (2-2) vs. Cape Breton (1-6) (St. FX Invitational Third-Place Game)… This will be third meeting of the pre-season between these two rising AUS programs. Capers were encouraged by a strong finish to last night’s loss against #8 Dalhousie while Panthers struggled in the second quarter of their loss to host X. Game is available on AUSTV
7 PM ET #8 Dalhousie (7-1) at St. FX (4-2) (St. FX Invitational Championship Game)… As it turns out, this will be the first of three meetings between a pair of teams that are near/at the top of AUS pre-season forecasts. Tigers and X-Men will also meet again for keeps on Wednesday in Halifax as the AUS ’17-’18 regular season opens at DalPlex followed by a quick return engagement in Antigonish next Saturday. The game features two of the three consensus favorites for AUS Player-of-the-Year in 6’7″ Kevin Bercy and 6’6″ Sven Stammberger.
7 PM ET Nipissing (1-3) at UQAM (3-5)… Lakers have now lost 3 in a row decisively after their big road win at Algoma and last night played without 6’4″ Marcus Lewis in a 40 point hammering at McGill. After three losses in a row, Citadins come off a three-point home win over U of T Varsity Blues last weekend.
8 PM ET Toronto (4-3) at Algoma (3-5, 0-1)… Varsity Blues look to break a three-game losing streak overall in meeting the Thuderbirds who were soundly defeated by Ryerson last night in the Soo.
9 PM ET Manitoba (4-1, 1-0) at Saskatchewan (1-5, 0-1)… Bisons look to keep the magic going with their pair of stars 6’3″ Justus Alleyne and 6’1″ Rashawn Browne while 6’3″ Lawrence Moore was held to just 10 points last night in the Huskies loss.
10 PM ET Winnipeg (3-4, 0-1) at Mount Royal (2-4, 1-0)… Aussie import 6’7″ Kristian Zjak went off for 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists last night as the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter for the home win.
10 PM ET Brandon (1-4, 0-1) at Lethbridge (5-2, 1-0)… Last night’s foul filled game was again driven by the solid play of 6’0″ Dejon Bordeaux off setting a strong performance from CanWest all-star Tyvon Cooper. Bobcats went just 19 for 33 from the line and last night saw the emergence of 6’6″ Harlem, NY native Jonathan Range, a transfer from Finger Lakes Junior College where he averaged 21.3 ppg/9.4 rpg. Brandon remains without potential impact transfers Troy Grant and Mikee Dosado who will become eligible in mid-November after transferring back to the Bobcats.
10 PM ET Trinity Western (1-2, 0-1) at #2 Alberta (5-0, 1-0)… All 12 Golden Bears who dressed last night hit the scoresheet and saw double digit minutes. Alberta took an early lead and coasted in last night’s contest.
11 PM ET #6 Calgary (6-1, 1-0) at UNBC (1-3, 0-1)… 6’6″ Mambi Diawara rescued the Dinos last night with a 38 point effort in Prince George where Timberwolves make it a tough place to play. UNBC was without potential impact transfer Jovan Leamy who is not eligible due to transfer rules until 10th November.
11 PM ET UFV (0-3, 0-1) at #4 UBC (6-0, 1-0)… T-Birds dominated the young Cascades last night.
11 PM ET MacEwan (1-5, 0-1) at Thompson Rivers (2-1, 1-0)… WolfPack were generally sharp in their victory last night over the rebuilding Griffins.
11 PM ET UBC Okanagan (1-5, 1-0) at Victoria (5-3, 0-1)… Heat look to shock the Vikes again tonight after their exciting, last second win authored by 6’0″ Aldrich Berrios‘ game-winning bucket in the dying moments.