Huskies Ready for T-Birds

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: November 20 & 21, 2015
Game Location: PAC, 8PM
Live Stat/Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies look to get back to their winning ways as they host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this weekend at the PAC.

THE HEADLINES

  • Neither side is ranked in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 7) and Thompson Rivers (No. 10) are currently the only ranked teams in the Canada West.
  • The Huskies eliminated the T-Birds from the 2014-15 post-season with an 81-75 win in the Canada West Final Four semifinal last February at the PAC.

THE SERIES

Since 2010-11 the Huskies are 1-7 against the T-Birds in regular season play. In the post-season the Huskies did knock off UBC 81-75 in last year's Canada West Final Four semifinal at the PAC. In their last eight conference meetings, all but one has been in Vancouver.

UNIVERISTY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS (3-1)

The UBC Thunderbirds have rolled off three straight wins after dropping their 2015-16 season opener.

The T-Birds cruised past the Trinity Western Spartans last weekend, winning by double digits both nights. After losing the season opener to the Alberta Golden Bears by 28 points on the second night of a back-to-back to start the mini three-game winning streak.

UBC has been led by Jordan Jensen-Whyte's 15 points per game while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the floor. Phillip Jalalpoor leads one of the top rebounding teams in the conference hauling in seven rebounds per contest.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (1-3)

Saskatchewan has opened the second half of the Canada West season on a six game winning streak.

Last weekend, Saskatchewan was swept by the Victoria Vikes on the road. The Huskies nearly pulled out a victory on Saturday night, but fell by 10 after leading for the majority of the first three quarters.

Fifth-year guard Evan Ostertag has scored 18.3 points per game to lead a young Huskies squad. Southwestern College transfer Shawn Lathan has added another 13.5 points per game while leading the Huskies in rebounding by averaging 6.5 boards per night.

With a couple of injuries in the front-court the Huskies sit near the bottom of the Canada West in rebounding and blocked shots, but have made up for it by limiting turnovers and knocking down shots from long range. Saskatchewan is second in the conference in turnovers, averaging 12.8 per game and is sixth in three-point shooting at 37.1 percent.