If there's one thing I'd like more people to be aware of in sports, it's the concept of strength of schedule. I understand that a 400-word Sun Media article (well, 300 when you remove the promotional parts) can't necessarily go into the details of everything, but when it affects the thesis ("The [defence-first] approach appears to be working thus far, as the Bisons are 7-3 in Canada West conference action and are averaging more than 82 points a game") then it kind of sticks out. At this point, given Manitoba's conference-worst SOS, I would adjust their 82.4 and 80.5 points for and against to 76.7 and 86.5. In other words, their upcoming series against UBC should reveal just how well the approach is working. (Winnipeg Sun) And before you think that last bit shows any kind of insight into the future, recall that I used a similar argument to predict Lakehead would lose to Carleton, which they did not.
Not mentioned in either recap is that Brock's men only had six assists on 33 made baskets (18%), while the hometown Warriors had 20 on 32 (62.5%). I'm sure this has nothing at all to do with my earlier piece on bizarre assist trends. (The Record, St. Catharines Standard)
The Moncton women's team is about to welcome Marie Michelle Poirier, who previously played D1 hockey for North Dakota (8 goals, 8 assists in 36 games in '08-09). (Times & Transcript)
Nipissing will wear camouflage jerseys for their game against RMC, one that will apparently have about 400 military families in attendance, many (all?) of them from CFB North Bay. (BayToday)
UNB's Tanya Paulin learned last year that the "blood flow from her left arm will never be normal" (click through to find out why) but only took a few games off and is back in the Reds' lineup. (The Daily Gleaner)
ALL OF THE ABOVE
Bill McLean has "Five Can't Miss AUS Games" at either Dal or SMU. (Haligonia Sports)