Huskies Aim to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive Against Alberta

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

Game Date: February 12 & 13, 2016

Game Location: PAC, 8PM

Live Stats/Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie men's basketball team looks to keep its post-season hopes alive when they host the Alberta Golden Bears in their final home games of the season this weekend.

THE HEADLINES

• Neither team is currently ranked in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 4) and UBC (No. 7) are the only two Canada West teams in the rankings.

• The Huskies need at least one win combined with a Lethbridge loss or two wins to keep their playoff hopes alive this weekend.

• Saskatchewan sits ninth in the Pioneer Division, three games behind the Golden Bears for the seventh and final playoff spot.

• The Huskies visit the Regina Cougars (10-6) in the final weekend of the regular season. Alberta has just one game remaining after this weekend, hosting the No. 4 ranked Calgary Dinos (14-3) to close the season.

• Fifth-year guard Evan Ostertag will play in his final game at the PAC on Saturday night. The Huskies will hold a special fifth-year presentation prior to the start of Saturday's game.

THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, the Huskies are 6-6 against Golden Bears in regular season meetings. During that span Saskatchewan has hosted Alberta just four times, winning all four contests at the PAC.

UNIVERISTY OF ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (9-8)

The Alberta Golden Bears can lock up a playoff spot with a sweep of the Huskies this weekend.

Alberta has three games remaining on its schedule, none bigger than this weekend's series with the Huskies. At 9-8, the Golden Bears sit three games ahead of Saskatchewan in the standings. A win this weekend would guarantee at least a tie in the final standings.

Mamadou Gueye's 17.9 points per night leads the Golden Bears. Gueye is sixth in scoring in the conference. Freshman Brody Clarke adds another 11.1 points while shooting 47.8 percent. The duo also leads the squad in rebounding with 7.3 and 6.4 per game respectively.

Alberta enters the weekend with the top ranked scoring defense in the Canada West, allowing just 69.8 points per game. Offensively, the Golden Bears rank 15th in the conference, scoring just 68.4 points per contest.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-10)

The Saskatchewan Huskies hope to continue their recent success at home against Alberta and keep their playoff dreams alive.

The Huskies have won four straight regular season meetings with the Golden Bears at the PAC. A sweep this weekend would greatly help Saskatchewan's bid for the post-season. The Huskies need at least one win and a Lethbridge loss this weekend to have a shot at the playoffs in the final weekend against Regina.

The Huskies are in the top half of the conference rankings, averaging 78.8 points per game. Saskatchewan has relied on scoring from the outside this season. The Huskies have hit the most three-point shots in the Canada West with 156 through 16 games. Defensively, the team has allowed 81.6 points per game.

Fifth-year guard Evan Ostertag leads the Huskies scoring with 14.9 points per game. Shane Osayande continues to average a double-double of 12.8 points and 10 rebounds in his eight games this season.

A pair of Huskies have provided a lift off of the bench down the stretch. Trevor Severinski has hit 31 three's and is shooting just under 50 percent from downtown at 49.2. Alex Unruh, averaging 7.3 points in 14.6 minutes, scored 22 points on Saturday night to lead the Huskies to a win over Brandon.