VICTORIA—After a pre-season schedule that stretched for the better part of three months, the UVic Vikes men’s basketball team will finally get their chance to play in games that can help them in the standings on November 4 and 5.

The team travels to Regina to take on the Cougars with both games scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

There will be a new format in the Canada West conference for both the league and the playoffs.

All 17 members will play under a unified format, with the elimination of the Pioneer and Explorer divisions, which were used the last two seasons.

The new format features a 20-game regular season schedule, with each team playing 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.

The top 12 teams based on winning percentage will earn post-season berths, with playoff ranking based on each team’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI) from the regular season. RPI will be used in order to account for the various strengths of schedule.

Last Time Out

A sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars sends the Vikes into the regular season with momentum on their side. The Vikes won four straight to end their pre-season with a record of 5-3.

Regina ended their pre-season with a record of 4-8. Included in those losses was one to the Vikes in what was both team’s first game of the pre-season in late September.

By the Numbers

9: The number of players Regina has on their roster in their third, fourth or fifth year of U Sports eligibility

5: The number of games in a row that fifth-year Vike, Grant Sitton has led the team in points scored.

Coach’s Take
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach

On the pre-season game these two teams played

“Both of us are somewhat familiar with each other. You can’t really put too much stock into that game, it was played over a month ago. It was the first for both of our teams so we’ve both changed quite a bit since then. I think we have a little bit of familiarity but that’s about it.”

“There is a lot more practicing in the pre-season than in our league schedule, I think that’s probably the exciting thing for the guys. It’s a long pre-season, we started in the middle of August and now it is November before we are actually playing games that count.”