Hoops: OUA West tightens up a little more

From this vantage point, it seems best to clear the floor and let OUA West dogpile sort itself out.

The first set of Wednesday night games provided about as much clarity as the first draft as the typical freshman's paper on Ulysses (see cishoops.ca for a full accounting of the games). Guelph, ranked a season-high No. 6 in the coaches' poll, went cold at home in the second half and lost to McMaster and is now only one game up in the standings entering Saturday's home date vs. Brock.

Windsor, which had been leaking oil pretty badly, stopped the bleeding with an 85-69 win over Western. Before anyone concludes the Lancers are back on track, keep in mind they have a road game against a rejuvenated McMaster on Saturday. See what I mean?

That said, Guelph Mercury scribe Greg Layson nailed it with respect to Windsor at Big Man on Campus earlier this week, noting some Windsor followers have felt the team's vets have been "sleep walking" through recent games. Ffth-year forward Greg Allin did have a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double tonight after taking just two shots in 25 minutes vs. Guelph. One standout who hasn't needed a wakeup call has been Greg Surmacz, who seems to have taken that loss to Carleton back in November personally. He's only averaged 24 points and nine boards in the four games since.

It's a heck of a division, with only 3 1/2 games separating first-place Guelph from last-place Waterloo. At least six teams have a shot at hosting a playoff game and four have a shot at the top spot. Based on their collective experience, not to mention their point differentials, Brock and Windsor should end up on top, but there's a lot of hoops to be played.
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