- Carleton Ravens (29-2, OUA champion/host)
- Cape Breton Capers (27-3, AUS champion)
- UBC Thunderbirds (23-2, wild card)
- Windsor Lancers (21-7, OUA finalist)
- Saskatchewan Huskies (27-6, Canada West champion)
- Lakehead Thunderwolves (23-7, OUA third place)
- Calgary Dinos (21-6, Canada West finalist)
- UQAM Citadins (18-12, QUBL champion)
- Calgary vs. Cape Breton, 12:30 p.m. — The focal point will be in the post — can CBU's Phil Nkrumah (whom the Cape Breton Post noted might be playing hurt) and Scott Jaspers-Fayer slow down Ross Bekkering and Robbie Sihota?
Calgary's been off two weeks, but doesn't have much depth. Cape Breton is deeper, but just had two tough games at the AUS Final 6. (Of course, if you're still tired the next Friday ...) Call it a jump ball.
Calgary has the same scenario it did last season of playing early in the day vs. the AUS champ. Throw this out to the group: Are the Jim Charters-coached Capers deeper and more athletic than Dalhousie was last season?
- Lakehead (6) vs. UBC (3), 2:30 p.m. — A great guard matchup with Greg Carter getting a crack at containing another league MVP, UBC's Josh Whyte. Meantime, UBC's chameleons have to deal with a bona fide big man, Lakehead's Yoosrie Salhia, a wide-bodied 6-foot-6.
UBC is the clear favourite. It's a matchup of the perennial heavyweight going up against the upstart GGODs, who have been nails in fourth quarters.
A Thunderwolves vs. Thunderbirds matchup ought to be fun for announcers who haven't seen either team in person all season.
- Saskatchewan (5) vs. Windsor (4), 6 p.m. (TSN2) — The fifth-seeded Huskies come in with a little more buzz after their run at the Canada West final four, and with the Showron Glover-Michael Linklater backcourt and Duncan Jones able to heat up off the bench, perhaps there's a bit of an Acadia 2008 vibe.
You would know who to pick if a Windsor-Saskatchewan matchup ever came to pass in football.
- UQAM (8) vs. Carleton (1), 8 p.m. (TSN2) — That tense three-point quarter-final win Carleton had over UQAM in Halifax four years ago is bound to get mentioned about 787 times this week.
UQAM plays up-tempo, and likes to create some crazy situations just to see what happens. Carleton has shown an ability to adjust to that over the course of 40 minutes. Look for them to defy Citadins lead guard Adil El Makssoud to try some beyond NBA range three-pointers.
Apologies in advance: At some point I will slip up and call les Citadins "Carabins." It's just a matter of when.