Huskies look to stay perfect in regular season

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By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Student Assistant

November 20, 2013, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan men’s basketball team play host to the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday night followed by a rematch of last season’s Canada West quarter-final against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday.

The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 5 and are joined by two other Canada West teams, No. 3 Victoria and No. 4 Alberta, in the CIS Top 10. Saturday’s matchup is the first meeting since UFV upset the Huskies out of playoff contention last season in a quarter-final series in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan continues to lead the Canada West in scoring with 88 points per game and three point field goals made with 11.3 per game. The Huskies (6-0) are unbeaten in Canada West play and 13-1 overall. Last season, Saskatchewan lost just once at the PAC in the regular season.

THE SERIES

Vs. TWU: Since 2008-09 Saskatchewan is 5-3 against the Spartans in Canada West regular season and playoff action. Last season the Huskies won the lone meeting 92-85 in Langley, B.C.

Vs. UFV: Since 2008-09 Saskatchewan is 7-4 against the Cascades in Canada West regular season and playoff matchups. The Huskies won only meeting in the regular season in 2012-13, but UFV knocked Saskatchewan out of the playoffs with a 2-1 series win in a Canada West quarter-final at the PAC.

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (3-3)

The Trinity Western Spartans face a tough test this weekend hitting the road to take on a pair of top five opponents.

Trinity Western plays in Edmonton against the No. 4 Golden Bears on Thursday, before visiting No. 5 Saskatchewan on Friday.

The Spartans enter the weekend with the sixth best scoring offence in the Canada West averaging 79.2 points per game. Defence will be key for the squad that gives up 79.3 points per night against two powerhouse offences this weekend.

Anthony Ottley has been the top scorer for the Spartans with 12.2 points per game. Jesse Jeffers’ 6.2 rebounds per game leads the team.

UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (3-3)

The Fraser Valley Cascades look for their first win of the season on the road as they travel east to take on the No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears on Friday and the No. 5 Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday.

Kevon Parchment has led the way offensively for the Cascades averaging 18.2 points per game. Kadeem Wills has grabbed eight rebounds a game and added 12.3 points per contest.

No. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-0)

The Saskatchewan Huskies hope to remain undefeated hosting a pair of B.C. at the PAC.

Saskatchewan comes into the weekend with the top scoring offence in the Canada West, averaging 88 points per game. The Huskies are also the best from beyond the arc hitting 11.3 three’s per game. Saskatchewan has shown they can also grind inside, leading the Canada West in both offensive and defensive rebounding categories.

While 2012-13 Canada West MVP Stephon Lamar leads the team in scoring with 20.7 points per game, the Huskies have two starters averaging double-double’s. Matt Forbes is averaging 11.5 points and 10 rebounds per game, while reigning Canada West Defensive Player of the Year Ben Baker leads the conference in rebounding at 10.8 per game to go along with 10.3 points.

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