Opening tip '09-10: No. 19 Dalhousie Tigers

  • Top 100 returnees: PG Simon Farine (16th)
  • Other key returnees: F Sandy Viet, G Andrew Sullivan
  • Newcomers: F Joe Schow (transfer, Calgary), G-F William Yengue, G Marcus Wong
  • Coach: John Campbell (eighth season)
  • Offence and defence: 97, 88 (+9)
  • Last year's results: 25-12 overall, won AUS Final 6, lost in CIS Final 8 quarter-final, 15th in RPI
  • Looking ahead: Only 51% of scoring returns, which accounts for the No. 19 ranking. That concern is tempered by the fact Dalhousie has an all-Canadian candidate at point guard in Farine and, almost to a man, plays find-out-what-gum-he's-chewing defence in the half court. Mark Wacyk has Dal ranked No. 5 in Canada and his word is as gold as the trim on the Tigers uniforms on these matters. They should be around all season and their next CIS berth won't be another 13 years in the waiting, like last March's.

    Dal is going to have to replace two Top 100 players, three-point ace Josh Beattie (41st) and forward Germain Bendegue (85th). Stephen Lopez, one of the few 6-foot-2 guys who could play the 4-spot, is not listed on Dal's roster after having knee surgery, which is a major loss.

    Dal has held a pair of tournament teams, Calgary (64) and Western (58, but with a much different team from last year) below 65 points already. The 6-foot-9 Schow and 6-7 Viet should provide the inside muscle and Sullivan might be the shooter. This is a team that's easy to like, with reason.
Rob's explanation of Top 100 players by Player Efficiency Ratings (see last year's PER) and Net Efficiency may be found in the women's preview.
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