Posted on: June 22, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack basketball teams will open their 2017-18 Canada West regular seasons against the MacEwan University Griffins.
Like their volleyball counterparts, the TRU and MacEwan basketball squads will kick off their season on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. The Canada West regular season will begin Friday, October 27th.
The women will play at 6 pm with the men hitting the court at 8 pm.
The opening weekend home stand is the first of three that the WolfPack will have before the Christmas break. They will also entertain the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (Nov 17-18) and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (Dec 1-2).
Other teams stopping into the Tournament Capital Centre this year will be the University of Fraser Valley Cascades and the Brandon University Bobcats: the team which Scott Clark’s TRU men’s squad beat out in three games in the Canada West play in series in 2016-17.
“We have a nice balance of home and away games,” says Clark. “ There is a great variety in terms of opponents which makes it fun for the players.”
The TRU men’s team finished with an 8-12 record last season. They have lost their top performer as Canada West first team all-star Volodymyr Iegorov (Donetsk, Ukraine) has graduated. He will join the coaching staff this season. A player coach Clark will look to lead will be Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC).
“We are looking forward to the upcoming season,” adds WolfPack women’s coach Scott Reeves. “ We have added some very talented freshmen. We are young with only one fifth year player but the future is very bright for our women’s basketball program.”
That fifth year player will be forward Shenise Sigsworth (Kamloops, BC). Thompson Rivers finished 2-18 last season.
For the second consecutive season, ratings performance index (RPI) will be used to seed playoff teams, while win/loss records will again be used to determine playoff qualification. The CW RPI was implemented last season to account for varying strengths of schedules, resulting from the conference’s unbalanced schedule.
While RPI remains, the formula used to calculate it doesn’t. Alterations have been made to the RPI formula, following review by Canada West’s sport committee. The new formula, listed below, has been amended to both increase the value of a team’s win/loss record, while reducing the value assigned for away wins and increasing the value for home wins.
In addition to the altered RPI formula, a new playoff format is also coming to CW basketball this season, as the conference eliminated the CW Final Four tournament in favour of a one-game championship hosted by the highest remaining seed.
The number of playoff teams (12) has not changed from last season. The first round of conference playoffs will see the top four seeds earn byes, while the remaining eight teams will play single-elimination games (12 @ 5, 11 @ 6, 10 @ 7, and 9 @ 8) between February 8 and 11.
The conference quarter-finals (best-of-threes) are set for February 15-18, the CW semis (best-of-three) February 22-25, and finally the CW Finals (and bronze medal games if necessary to determine national tournament berths) March 2 or 3.
Again this season, all WolfPack games (home and away) will be webcast on www.Canadawest.tv. They are shown on a ‘pay per view’ basis.
The complete Canada West schedule for volleyball is available by logging onto www.canadawest.org.
(with assistance from Canada West communications)