EDMONTON – The complete Canada West men’s and women’s basketball schedules were unveiled Thursday, with the lone game on opening night seeing MacEwan make the short drive across the North Saskatchewan River to Alberta. The first full night of conference play is slated for Friday, October 26.
After beginning play on the road in Winnipeg, both the Vikes men’s and women’s teams will start the home portion of their schedule by welcoming the UBC Thunderbirds to the CARSA Performance Gym in early November.
The Vikes men will host the T-Birds on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., while the women wait until Saturday, Nov. 3 to play their first home game of the season against the T-Birds at 6 p.m.
In total, both teams will play nine games at home and 11 on the road as the Vikes women look to make the playoffs for the seventh season in a row, with the men eyeing their third-straight postseason appearance.
A stretch from Nov. 23-Jan. 12 will be of the utmost importance for both squads as they finish the first half of their schedule at home against the Trinity Western Spartans on Nov. 23-24, before kicking off the second half of their season with consecutive home dates against the Regina Cougars (Jan. 4-5) and the Fraser Valley Cascades (Jan. 11-12).
In terms of defending Canada West champions, it won’t take long for the reigning men’s and women’s champions to be in the same city. The Calgary Dinos enter the season after claiming both the CW and U SPORTS banners a year ago, while the reigning CW women’s champions are the Regina Cougars.
Conference regular season play stretches until February 2, before playoff action takes the court between Feb. 8 and March 2. The CW best-of-three semis are slated for Feb. 21-24, while the single-game conference championships will be played either March 1 or 2.
The 2019 U SPORTS Final 8s are set for March 7-10, with Ryerson University welcoming the best women’s teams to Toronto, while Dalhousie University gets set to host the top men’s squads in Halifax.
Again this season, you can watch every CW basketball regular season and playoff game on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of Canada West. 2018-19 Canada West TV passes go on sale Thursday afternoon.