Kamloops, BC—Basketball fans in Kamloops will get a chance to see some of the most storied teams in the history of the Canada West in 2016-17.
The league has unveiled its schedule for the coming year and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will play host to four schools who haven’t been to Kamloops since the old “Pioneer” and “Explorer” Division format was formed three years ago. That format was eliminated after last year.
This season, the Thompson Rivers men’s basketball program will face both defending league champion University of Calgary Dinos (February 3-4, 2017) and the team they knocked off to capture the Canada West silver medal last season—the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (Nov 4-5).
Those games against UBC are the season opener for both schools.
Two other schools: the University of Winnipeg Wesmen (Jan 13-14, 2017) and the University of Victoria Vikes (Jan 6-7, 2017) will also play games at the Tournament Capital Centre this year. Both those schools (the Wesmen on the men’s side and the Vikes on the women’s side) have been to Kamloops the past two years to play playoff series against the WolfPack.
The WolfPack will play two weekends at home and three on the road in the first half of the season as they wind up the pre-Christmas portion of the campaign December 2-3rd in Prince George, BC against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
They then return to league play against Victoria at the Tournament Capital Centre on January 6-7th.
The only other home weekend for the WolfPack will be Friday and Saturday November 25th and 26th at the TCC against their closest geographical rivals: the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
The WolfPack will finish the 2016-17 regular season on February 11-12, 2017 when they visit the Cougars at the University of Regina.
When looking at the schedule, TRU men’s coach Scott Clark said “It’s a tough one, we will be battle tested.” TRU will be led by Canada West all-star Volodymyr Iegorov (Donetsk, Ukraine) who enters his final year of CIS eligibility.
“We are excited for another season to begin,” states WolfPak women’s coach Scott Reeves. “ We have been working on our off season training and are getting better each day.” TRU look to Michelle Bos (Surrey, BC) and Emma Piggin (Kamloops, BC) to be their main offensive threats this season.
Home games for the WolfPack will be 6 pm and 8 pm on Friday’s. Saturday matches will start at 5 pm and 7 pm. All will be played on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The 17 Canada West basketball schools will now play in a single conference, featuring a 20-game regular season schedule. Each team will play four geographical, or historical opponents every year, with games against six of the remaining 12 opponents every other year. Over a four-year rotation in the schedule, each team will play every team in the conference at least twice, and will visit every gym in Canada West at least once.
2016-17 playoffs will feature the top 12 teams playing a bracketed post-season structure over a three-week period. The top four teams will receive a bye in the first week of the playoffs, which will feature four best-of-three series.
The following week will consist of four best-of-three quarterfinals, leading to the Final Four hosted by the highest remaining seed.
Playoff seeding will be determined by a rating percentage index (RPI), which will be calculated using a combination of winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ average winning percentage. The conference RPI will be published on a weekly basis following the conference’s December break.
Once again this season, you can see every men’s and women’s volleyball game live and on-demand by heading to Canadawest.tv-the official streaming home of Canada West. 2016-17 Canadawesttv.passes will go on sale August 22nd with early bird pricing available on both multi-sport and single sport passes available until September 9th.