HUSKIES HOST WOLFPACK IN QUARTER-FINAL SERIES2014-02-19
By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Student Assistant
Game Date: February 21, 22 & 23* (*if necessary)
Game Location: PAC, 7PM
For the fourth straight season, the University of Saskatchewan men’s basketball team will host a Canada West best-of-three quarter-final series. This year, the Huskies will meet the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
- The men’s squad comes into the weekend unranked for the first time this season sitting just outside the CIS Top 10.
- The Huskies are the second best scoring team in the conference averaging 83.5 points per contest.
- Saskatchewan hosts a Canada West quarter-final series for the fourth straight year
- TRU will play in the conference postseason for the first time.
- The winner of the series moves on to the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the highest remaining seed. If the Alberta Golden Bears and Victoria Vikes are upset in their quarter-final series, the Huskies would host with a series win.
- The WolfPack lead the Canada West in three-point shooting at 38.4 percent, while Saskatchewan leads in three-point scoring with 10.2 per game.
Saskatchewan won the only meeting of the season between the two teams on November 1, opening the Canada West season with a 98-95 win and is 5-0 against the WolfPack since 2010-11.
THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY WOLFPACK (13-9)
Thompson Rivers hits the road for their first ever Canada West playoff series against the Huskies.
The WolfPack won six of their last eight games to clinch third in the Pacific Division and a winning record for the first time as members of the conference.
Ta’Quan Zimmerman finished the season second in scoring in the conference with 19.6 points per game. Zimmerman is shooting 45 percent from behind the three-point line leading the WolfPack to the best percentage in the conference at 38.4. Josh Wolfram was the leading rebounder for TRU averaging 7.9 boards per game to go along with 13.4 points.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-7)
Saskatchewan looks to use the experience of hosting four straight quarter-final series’ against playoff newcomers TRU.
Saskatchewan dropped three of their final four games as they finished the conference season on the road against tough divisional opponents - Alberta and Winnipeg. The Huskies thrived in Saskatoon this season posting an 8-2 record on their home floor.
Reigning Canada West MVP Stephon Lamar finished the season third in Canada West scoring at 19 points per game and second in assists with 5.3. Ben Baker led the conference in rebounding with 10.2 per night adding 12.5 points to average a double-double. Matt Forbes shot 61% from the field on the campaign, second in the Canada West. Dadrian Collins was the Huskies biggest threat from behind arc this season tying for the conference lead with 61 made three-pointers.