Game Date: November 6 & 7, 2015
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Game Location: PAC
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
The 2015 edition of the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men's basketball team opens its campaign with a weekend series against the University of Manitoba Bisons.
- Saskatchewan opened up the non-conference season with a couple of headlining wins. The Huskies knocked off the defending CIS champion Carleton Ravens and the defending Canada West champion Victoria Vikes to open the season.
- Saskatchewan is seventh in the first CIS Top 10. The Calgary Dinos (No. 9) and the UBC Thunderbirds (No. 10) join the Huskies in the rankings.
- Saskatchewan comes into the weekend with a 5-2 preseason record.
- This weekend is 'Cover Your Paws' weekend at the PAC. New Huskie mitts will be available for purchase or donation. Fans are encouraged to drop off their new or gently used winter clothing to be donated to those less fortunate in Saskatoon as part of the Coats for Kids initiative.
The Huskies have won five straight meetings between the two programs. The Bisons last win came in February of 2013 in Winnipeg.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (0-0)
(From Canada West)
Number of new players: 6
Key Recruits (Name, POS, Hometown, Last Team):
Keith Omoerah, G/F, Winnipeg, MB, Grant Park Collegiate
Ilarion Bonhomme II, G, Washington, D.C., Cardoza HS
Joey Nitychoruk, F, Winnipeg, MB, St. Paul's HS
Number of departing players: 2
Key Losses (Name, POS, number of years with team):
Stephan Walton, G, 4
Andre Arruda, G, 2
Key performer: AJ Basi, G, 4th-year
He is a co-captain for the first time with Manitoba. He was the team's top scorer and 12th in Canada West scoring with 16.3 points per game during his third season with the Bisons in 2014-15 season. The 5'11", 165 lbs. guard has been a sparkplug as a starter and off the bench and will be looked at as one of the veteran leaders on and off the court and should be one of the top conference leaders in scoring and minutes played as Manitoba looks to be in contention for a high playoff spot in 2015-16.
Key storyline: In a very competitive Canada West men's basketball conference, the Manitoba Bisons are aiming high as there is excitement with a balanced lineup build for a long run and goal is the make conference Final 4, which has never happen in program's history.
Manitoba looks to make the next step from making the post-season to being one of the elite teams in the conference and battle for a Canada West title in 2015-16 season.
NO. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0-0)
Number of new players: 5
Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)):
Chan De Ciman (Guard/Regina, SK/Leboldus Suns)
Jauquin Bennett-Boire (Guard, Saskatoon, SK/Yale Secondary)
Davis Humbert (Guard/ Saskatoon, SK/Aden Bowman Bears)
Devin Wittow (Forward/Leduc Alberta/Leduc High Tigers)
Shawn Lathan (Guard/San Diego, CA/Southwestern College)
Number of departing players: 5
Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team)):
Andrew Henry (Guard/5)
Ben Baker (Guard/5)
Connor Burns (Forward/1)
Dadrian Collins (Forward/3)
Key performer: Evan Ostertag
Fifth-year shooting guard Evan Ostertag will lead a youthful backcourt in 2015. The 6-1, Saskatoon, Sask. native who averaged 9.5 points per game in 2014-15 will be leaned on to provide leadership and a veteran scoring presence in his final season.
Key storyline: Saskatchewan finished the 2014-15 season off with a victory in the consolation final of the Final 8 tournament in Toronto Ont. The Huskies went into the tournament seeded eighth after dropping a heart wrenching Canada West championship game to the Victoria Vikes. Saskatchewan lost their opening game at the Final 8 to eventual champion, the Carleton Ravens. The Huskies knocked off the Ravens and the Vikes at a preseason tournament in October and head into regular season with a 6-2 record in non-conference play.