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Looking to stay near the top of the standings early in the 2010-11 Canada West basketball season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will host the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on the weekend.

Saskatchewan has opened the season with two splits against the UBC Thunderbirds and University of Victoria Vikes to sit at 2-2 on the season. Last weekend, the Huskies won 95-81 before dropping a decision 78-67 a night later to the Vikes.  Fraser Valley enters the game 0-2 after opening the season last weekend with two losses to the Manitoba Bisons. Both games were tight – 72-71 and 83-80.

Since 2006-07, the Huskies are 4-2 against the Cascades, including a sweep in a Canada West Quarter-final series in 2009-10. The Huskies defeated the Cascades 96-85 and 99-90 in that playoff series.

Although the Cascades lost, Joel Friesen had strong games scoring a combined 51 points and nabbing 15 rebounds – 14 of those defensive. James Elliott, Zeon Gray and Sam Freeman also averaged double digits over the two games. Elliott scored 13.5 per game and averaged 9.5 rebounds, Gray 12.5 points and Freeman 11.5.

Three Huskies have averaged double digits in the first four games of Canada West action. California import Jamelle Barrett leads the way averaging 25.5 points per game, followed by returning Huskie Rejean Chabot with 14.3 and Michael Lieffers with 12. Lieffers has also been dominant on the boards pulling down an average off 11 rebounds per game. Nolan Brudehl has also helped in the rebounding department averaging 6.5 per game.

The men will play at 8 p.m. on both nights. All four games will be webcast on

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