All 4 League championship tournaments set to tip-off Friday
This is U-Sports Play-off week right across the country, from the big AUS Tournament in Halifax to the Canada West Final 4 in Calgary. Besides determining League champions, the 4 tournaments will go a long way to deciding the field for the U-Spots Final 8 Nationals in Halifax – March 9-12.
Here are the match-ups and schedules for the week –
Note the unusual times for the Canada West Final 4 draw- The UC has decided to divide the Final 4 games with a Dinos 1/4 Final Volleyball match (both for Friday and Saturday). Unfortunate for basketball fans, and not really the way to host a League championship tournament, in our opinion.
Saturday sees the 3rd place game at 3 pm and the Canada West Final at 8 pm. (Both finalists will have qualified for the Nationals in Halifax.)
The Wilson Cup semi-finals and finals are being played in Ottawa this weekend, with the Carleton Ravens a decided favourite. The 2 semi-final winners will qualify for the Nationals, and will play for the OUA title on Saturday .
The Quebec Finals are hosted by the top seed , McGill Redmen. The Final will be played on Saturday, with that champion looking like the lone RSEQ rep in Nationals.
We expect this to be an unpredictable 6 team event, with 1 spot in Nationals on the line. The AUS gets a host spot as well, so teams will be fighting their way through to the Final.
- Emotional and admirable statement from 5th year UBC team captain , Jordan Jensen-Whyte, after the team’s play-off loss to Manitoba last Friday, “It’s tough man. It’s a great year. Couple of things didn’t go our way,” said Jensen-Whyte. “ … and Manitoba is a great team. I have nothing but respect for my coach and the players. I have nothing but love for this place.” From a story in UBC’s student news, The Ubyssey.
- The annual guessing-game surrounding the choice of a ‘wild-card’ team for the U-Sports Final 8 Nationals is starting in earnest. If we look at the criteria for the committee to consider, we note the subjective nature in some areas. League records may have a 16-4 team ‘equivalent’ to a 15-4 team, and so on. To be clear … despite their high marks in every category, the UBC T’Birds are out, with their play-off record, and Canada West’s rule to have only teams from the Final 4 considered. We expect the 8th team to almost be a sure thing for the OUA, but we’ve been wrong before. U-Sport announces their decision next Sunday, after the AUS Tournament is complete.