Calgary Gets At-Large Nod, 3rd Canada West Team
The Calgary Dinos got the ‘At-Large’ berth in the coming week’s U-Sports Nationals, March 9 (Thurs) – March 12 (Sunday) in Halifax. The Dinos join Alberta the Canada West champions, and the Finalists, the Manitoba Bisons, as Canada West has 3 teams in the tournament.
#7 Calgary will meet the defending champion, #2 Carleton Ravens in the opening round on Thursday. On the same side of the draw, it will be Manitoba as the #6 seed up against McGill, the RSEQ champions, who are #3. On the opposite side of the bracket we have #1 Ryerson, the OUA champs, playing #8 Saint Marys (hosts berth), and #4 Alberta matched up with #5 Dalhousie, the Atlantic champions. Thursday games are 12 noon, 2 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm, with the team info and rest of the draw we’ll get to you later this week.
In Sunday’s Atlantic Tournament Final – #10 Dalhousie 63 vs Saint Marys 60
- This, as we might imagine is a quick turn-around for the traveling teams, who will aim to be in Halifax no later than Wednesday. This is a test of endurance, organization, and health. The athletes will be challenged by almost another full week away from classes, and coaches will be losing sleep as they prepare for a ‘new’ opponent in most cases.
- Seeding rules give priority to League Champions, Top 10 season averages, play-off placing, and past League performances in this event. Carleton are on a 6 year run as National Champions, and they bear Calgary 101-79 in last year’s final in Vancouver.