(ISN) – The 2012-13 University of Saskatchewan Huskies basketball home schedule will feature dates against the UBC Thunderbirds, Victoria Vikes, Alberta Golden Bears/Pandas, Regina Cougars and Calgary Dinos at the PAC in the 22-game season.
Basketball is the first schedule released in Canada West Universities Athletic Association Schedule Week. The volleyball schedule follows Tuesday, hockey Wednesday, soccer Thursday and wrestling, cross country and track & field wrap up the week on Friday.
In 2012-13, Canada West basketball features 16 teams with two divisions of eight teams – the Pacific and the West. Saskatchewan plays in the West division. The top four in each division will earn a date in the postseason.
Saskatchewan opens the season on the road on Thursday, November 1 in Regina against provincial rivals the Cougars. The two teams return to Saskatoon on Saturday, November 3 for the second half of the home-and-home.
After a quick road trip, the Huskies return home to host the Calgary Dinos on November 16-17, before hosting the UBC Thunderbirds and the Victoria Vikes on November 23-24. It is the first time since the 2008-09 season, the T-Birds will play at the PAC.
Other home dates include the UBC Okanagan Heat and Thompson Rivers WolfPack on January 18-19, the Winnipeg Wesmen on February 1-2 and the Alberta Golden Bears/Pandas on February 15-16 to wrap up the Canada West regular season.
Away dates for the Huskies in the first half of the season include a trip to visit the Lethbridge Pronghorns on November 9-10, as well as the tough new swing trip of Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary on November 29 and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves in Prince George on December 1. Both new teams play in the Pacific Division.
In the second semester, the Huskies open the second half of the season in B.C. with visits to the Fraser Valley Cascades and Trinity Western Spartans on January 11-12, the Brandon Bobcats on January 25-26 and the Manitoba Bisons on February 8-9.
Basketball playoffs begin February 22 with four quarter-final divisional cross over series. The highest-seeded winners of the quarter-finals will host the Canada West Final Four on March 1-2. The women’s CIS Round 1 is March 8-10, the same weekend as the men’s CIS Final 8 hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa. The women’s Final 8 tournament is March 15-17 in Regina.
All Canada West basketball games, as well as livestats, can be viewed online at www.canadawest.tv