After this afternoon’s Laurentian victory at Windsor, the interlock now stands at OUA East 47, OUA West 21 going into tonight’s final 4 OUA games and Canada West games of calendar 2017 (mini-previews below).
8 PM ET Carleton (15-0, 9-0) at Brock (12-1, 9-1)… Some of the luster and build-up of this game was removed last night after uOttawa Gee-Gees spoiled Brock’s undefeated season with a 9 point win during which the visitors dominated down the stretch with strong guard play. Ravens deeper stable of guards are likely to test Brock again tonight in a game that will be played at the St. Catharines Meridian Center in what is expected to be a crowd in excess of 3,000 fans in an electric atmosphere.
8 PM ET Ottawa (14-3, 7-2) at McMaster (4-12, 1-8)… Gee-Gees hope there will be no let down after last night’s important win at Brock against a Marauders side that is reeling, having lost 8 in a row after an opening night home win over Guelph. Ottawa has won 5 of their past six after their loss at Carleton about 3 weeks ago as 5’11” Sean Stoqua continues to provide the expected high-end guard play and gets stronger virtually with every game.
8 PM ET Nipissing (6-7, 4-4) at Western (8-6, 5-5)… Both teams suffered tough end-of-game losses on Friday with Lakers losing on a buzzer beater at Windsor and Mustangs having several chances to tie or win to no avail at home against Laurentian. Lakers won their first ever OUA over Western at home last season and look for their first-ever OUA win at Alumni Hall tonight.
8 PM ET Lakehead (2-13, 0-9) at Ryerson (8-4, 7-2)… Thunderwolves have lost 13 in a row and are likely to be in-tough against the improved Rams who showed the league how explosive they can be in their second half come-back on Wednesday night at U of T. 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa appears all the way back from his early season injury that sidelined him for a long stretch and, almost as importantly, impact 6’8″ center Adam Voll is back close to top form. Rams guards completely dominated defensively down the stretch in Wednesday’s win.
#4 Calgary (13-2, 8-1) at Saskatchewan (3-11, 2-7)… Huskies are reeling and at this point are in danger of missing the Canada West playoffs, although their schedule in calendar 2018 is less arduous. Dinos remain a Top 5 team in Canada.
Regina (11-6, 7-2) at #5 UBC (14-2, 9-2)… Cougars were still in last night’s game until midway through the fourth quarter and look to stage what would be an upset with a split tonight.
Victoria (10-6, 5-4) at #2 Alberta (13-0, 9-0)… Golden Bears rarely shoot the ball poorly two nights in a row and with a victory tonight should be regarded as a unanimous pick for #2 in the country as Alberta puts their undefeated season on the line again against the defensive-oriented Vikes.
Fraser Valley (4-9, 4-7) at Lethbridge (13-4, 9-2)… Pronghorns were in a battle the entire evening last night against the Cascades and hope to remain within striking distance of first place with another victory tonight
Brandon (6-7, 5-4) at Trinity Western (1-10, 0-9)… Quietly Bobcats have established themselves as a legitimate contender not only for a playoff spot but possibly a first round home date in the playoffs. Spartans remain winless in league play.
UNBC (5-9, 4-7) at Thompson Rivers (5-8, 4-7)… A possible preview of two teams on the bubble for a playoff spot in Canada West with tonight’s result likely to be influential.
Manitoba (10-5, 7-4) at UBC-Okanagan (2-12, 2-7)… Bisons won very easily last night and remain a solid playoff team in Canada West.
MacEwan (2-12, 1-8) at Winnipeg (6-11, 3-8)… Wesmen finish their first half at home, looking to cap off a sweep against the Griffins in what was a very difficult first-half schedule with six of their 12 games against Top 10 teams.