Quest for the Wilson Cup continues Wednesday night with preliminary matchups

Quest for the Wilson Cup continues Wednesday night with preliminary matchups

NO. 9 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES @ NO. 8 WESTERN MUSTANGS

The men's basketball team picked up a pair of wins to close out their regular season over the weekend, defeating both Lakehead and Algoma to finish in second place in the OUA West Division.

Next up is a familiar opponent, as Western welcomes Lakehead back to Alumni Hall for an OUA preliminary round matchup to determine who moves on in the OUA playoffs.

That game takes place on Wednesday night with tip-off set for 8 p.m. The Thunderwolves are led on offence by Bacarius Dinkins, who has compiled 17.2 points per game so far this year to go with a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game.

Their next-best scorer is Henry Tan, who has put up 15.6 points per game, while their next best rebounder is Alexandre Robichaud with 6.1 rebounds per game.

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NO. 10 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO VARSITY BLUES @ NO. 7 QUEEN'S GAELS

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball team heads to Kingston, Ont., on Wednesday night (Mar. 2) to take on the Queen's Gaels in the first round of the OUA playoffs. 
 
Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will also be streamed live on OUA.tv.

The Varsity Blues ended the regular season with a 5-14 record finishing in third place in the OUA East.

The Gaels finished just one position ahead in second place with an 11-8 regular season record.

The Blues split their season series with Queen's, knocking off the Gaels at the Goldring Centre in a stunning 85-84 upset on Jan. 15, before dropping their regular season finale 81-73 this past weekend in Kingston.
 
This will be the first post-season meeting between the two squads since 2008-09, when the Varsity Blues defeated the Gaels 63-48 in the first round of the OUA playoffs. 

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NO. 11 LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS @ NO. 6 BROCK BADGERS

The 11th seed Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-11) will look to upset a higher-seeded team to open the playoffs for the second straight year when they take on the No. 8 Brock Badgers (13-6), the sixth seed in the OUA, on Wednesday night.

Laurier and Brock met once this season in Waterloo in early January with the Badgers coming out on top by a score of 91-67.  Waterloo native Dani Elgadi led the way for Brock with 27 points and 16 rebounds

The Hawks and Badgers last met in the postseason in 2013 where Brock upset Laurier on their home court 81-75 on the strength of a strong fourth quarter

Only three players from that contest are still with their respective teams as Will Coulthard and Matt Chesson suited up for Laurier while Nathaniel Gardner was the only current Badger to play in the matchup.

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NO. 12 LAURENTIAN VOYAGEURS @ NO. 5 WINDSOR LANCERS

In their lone meeting during the regular season, the Lancers came away with a twenty point victory, 82-62 less than a month ago at the St. Denis Centre.
 
Windsor heads into the game riding a nine game win streak that started back on January 27th against the Laurier Golden Hawks. The Voyaguers, however, have only won two games in that same time span, and are currently on a four game skid.
 
As a team, the Lancers finished the regular season averaging 80.3 points per game compared to Laurentian's 70.4, and also out-rebounded the Voyageurs 37.1 to 35.4 over the course of the season.

All eyes will be on Alex Campbell as he plays his final game at the St. Denis Centre. The fifth year guard averaged 21.5 points over the regular season and led the team defensively with 6.6 rebounds a contest.

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