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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

June 10, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The announcement of the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball schedules is part of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association opening week that will outline the 2013-14 full list of dates and times for the Canada West schedules and championships.

Following today’s release will be soccer (Thursday), as well as rugby, field hockey and all conference championship dates on Friday.

Today, Jun 10, the Canada West announced the second season of the newly expanded, 16-team mens’ and womens’ basketball conference schedules. In 2012 the Mount Royal Cougars (from ACAC) and the UNBC Timberwolves (from BCCAA) joined the conference and its 22-game schedule, eliminating the post-season Wild Card berth. With their addition, the top four teams from both eight-team divisions, the Prairie and Pacific, qualify for the playoffs.

The University of Victoria Vikes basketball teams will face a similar scenario for their upcoming 2013-14 season but will face changes in the fall of 2014 with the addition of MacEwan University. In the 2014-15 season, the membership approved a two-division model with six teams in one division and 11 teams in the other, accommodating all 17 schools.

For now, the Vikes will remain grouped with Pacific division members UBC, Trinity Western, Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers, UNBC, Mount Royal and UBC Okanagan.

The Vikes men and women will begin their season on the road, Nov. 1-2, with a pair of games against Brandon and Regina. The Vikes will then turn around for their home openers, hosting the Fraser Valley Cascades for a double-header weekend on Nov. 8-9.

The Vikes will play the always anticipated home-and-home series against the UBC Thunderbirds on Feb. 14-15. The Feb. 14 Victoria-hosted game will also be UVic’s annual Shoot for the Cure night, where most of the proceeds from the night go towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Following 11 weeks of play, the men will square off in a best-of-three quarter-final series, Feb. 21-23, while the women will play their first round of the post-season Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The quarter-final match ups will see cross over between the two divisions.

Following quarter-final play, the top four teams will advance to the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the highest ranked team. The men’s Final Four will take place Feb. 28-Mar. 1, while the women’s tournament will happen Mar. 7-8.

The men’s CIS FInal 8 will return to the home of nine-time CIS national champions, the Carleton Ravens, in Ottawa at Scotiabank Place from Mar. 7-9. The women’s Final 8 tournament will be hosted by the University of Windsor from Mar. 14-16. Both 2014 CIS championship hosts – Carleton and Windsor – will enter the tournament as three-time defending champions.



All Canada West home and away games will be broadcast with live web video and stats at http://uvic.canadawest.tv free of charge. All CIS championship games will be hosted separately online at http://cis-sic.tv

For more information on the Canada West visit www.canadawest.org