Opening Tip '09-10: No. 11 Waterloo Warriors

  • Top 100 returnees: G Cam McIntyre (64th), F Matt Hayes (92nd)
  • Other key returnees: F-G Ben Frisby, G David Burnett, G Luke Kieswetter, F Alan Goodhoofd, F Jesse Tipping, F Tim Rossy
  • Newcomers: G Wayne Bridge
  • Coach: Tom Kieswetter (18th year)
  • Offence and defence: 90, 93 (-3)
  • Last year's results: 16-15 overall, lost OUA West semifinal to Western, 15th in RPI
  • Looking ahead: McMaster is favoured to take the OUA West and Windsor and Laurier are each ranked in the coaches' Top 10 poll.

    Waterloo is a darkhorse to challenge for first or second place, with a veteran team which returns 81% of its scoring from 2008-09. They went out to the West Coast and stayed within single digits of UBC in preseason despite not having a full lineup, and as Mark Wacyk has pointed out by way of assistant coach Curtis Dauber, beat Toronto without the services of McIntyre and guard Jordan Hannah.

    Defensive rebounding was an issue last season, which is surprising considering the emergence of the 6-foot-9 Hayes at centre. The 6-7 Frisby is a great glue guy who can defend anyone one through five. Waterloo has a chance to make some noise in what is arguably the deepest division in Canada.
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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