- Carleton (1st RPI) — From the department of strange coincidences, the Ravens were home each of the past two Saturdays and led by 17 points after one quarter each time. Aaron Doornekamp (24 points in 22 minutes) and Stu Turnbull (23 in 23) could not be stopped in Saturday's 92-67 rout of No. 9 Brock. The Ravens are at Laurier and Waterloo next weekend.
- UBC (2nd RPI) — The T-Birds showed their depth in two-game sweep of Simon Fraser (90-69 at home, 83-69 on the road), as all nine players in their rotation played at least nine minutes in each game. Chris Dyck totalled 42 points on 18-of-33 shooting across the two games. UBC has a single game against No. 7 UVic next weekend to close off the first half .
- Windsor (3rd RPI) — Defence is a concern for Lancers coach Chris Oliver after his team gave up 172 points across the two games this weekend, including 58 in the second half in Saturday's 99-91 win over York. Greg Surmacz had 33 points, nine rebounds in that one. The loss to Laurentian dropped the Lancers into a three-way tie in the OUA West at 4-2, a game behind Waterloo, but the Warriors play the top two teams in the East next week.
- St. Francis Xavier (5th RPI) — Third-year centre Alberto Rodriguez, a native of Havana, had a big night in X's lone game this week, an 88-76 win Saturday over UPEI. He was a rebound shy of the double-double in just 23 minutes on the floor, putting up 17 points and taking down in
- Calgary (9th RPI) — Scored in the 90s in a pair of wins over Saskatchewan to complete their pre-exam break schedule. The Bekkering brothers, Henry and Ross, combined for 52 points on Saturday.
- Concordia (6th RPI) — The home-and-home scheduling in Québec stung Concordia, which lost 68-64 to Laval in the return leg, just as it did vs. UQAM last week. The entire team shot 4-of-24 outside of guard Decee Krah and brothers Damian and Dwayne Buckley.
- UVic (4th RPI) — The Pacific division in Canada West, with four of the top 14 teams in the R.P. RPI (as in Rob Pettapiece), doesn't afford many if any nights off. The Vikes can readily relate after a 15-point loss to Trinity Western on Saturday. One-time UVic star Jacob Doerksen had 23 points, 11 rebounds and he and Jamie Vaughan helped bring about a 20-point swing for the Spartans in the third quarter.
UVic won 68-61 in the first game Friday.
- Ottawa (8th RPI) — We will probably get a better gauge of the Gee-Gees after next week's Laurier/Waterloo trip. They got by Guelph 67-60 on defence (21 turnovers), getting to the foul line (22-of-29) and a 26-point, 10-rebound night from lead guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (or JGB1, as some are wont to call him).
- Brock (32nd) — A young Badgers got their eyes opened a bit this weekend -- 20-point loss at Ottawa, 25 to Carleton Saturday. They will be dropped this week.
- Dalhousie (10th in RPI) — Poised to hold on to its spot or maybe move up pending its result Sunday afternoon at UNB. Blew out UPEI 94-50 on Friday.
- McGill (7th in RPI) was idle — our kingdom for a balanced schedule in the QSSF.
- Cape Breton (11th) is home to Saint Mary's on Sunday. Win that one and the Capers might get more Top 10 support.
- Western (12th) got one of the great individual outings of the week from shooting guard Brad Smith, who needed just 20 shots to score 38 points in a 104-75 win at Laurentian. For not the first or the last time, coach Brad Campbell's Mustangs are scary good.
- Regina (30th in RPI) should get more Top 10 votes by virtue of its road wins over Thompson Rivers (89-87 in overtime Friday) and Fraser Valley (68-65 on Saturday). The Cougars don't seem to be very deep, but they tag-team opponents down low with Kris Heshka and Jamal Williams — who had 20-and-10 games this week. In the backcourt, Jeffrey "The Big" Lukomski can shoot it from anywhere and there's a savvy point guard in Paul Schubach, who played 43 of the 45 minutes vs. Thompson Rivers.
The way it works in Canada West is that if you can come out of your division, it's a one-game shot to go to the Final 8. Anything is possible.
(Lukomski is listed at 6-foot, 190 lbs., but I just really liked the movie.)
- Waterloo's on top in the OUA West at 5-1. They and Laurier have yet to meet Carleton and Ottawa in the cross-over portion of the OUA sked. They're certainly a solid team.