MEN’S BASKETBALL (ANNOUNCEMENT)
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEGENDARY BASKETBALL COACH TUBBY SMITH COMING TO LANGLEY
LANGLEY, British Columbia - The Big Ten affiliated Minnesota Golden Gophers, led by coach Tubby Smith, will play the Trinity Western University men’s basketball team on September 3 at the Langley Events Centre as part of the Spartans 2010-11 preseason schedule.
Under the tutelage of Smith – who coached Kentucky to a national championship in 1998 and has led four different schools to the NCAA tournament – the Golden Gophers come to the West Coast having qualified for the NCAA Division I Championship each of the last two years and will give the Spartans a serious litmus test early in the 2010-11 campaign.
“Playing a quality Big 10 Team will give our new team an opportunity to have an early evaluation,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “We will be challenged to meet their physical style of play and make an early season statement.”
Since Smith joined Minnesota three years ago, the Golden Gophers have become a legitimate threat in the Big Ten. Most recently, the Golden Gophers made it to the conference championship game – knocking off the likes of Michigan State and Purdue – before losing to Ohio State 90-61.
In the 2010 NCAA tournament, the Golden Gophers (seeded 11th) were eliminated in the first round by Xavier (seeded 6th) 65-54 while in the 2009 rendition, Minnesota (seeded 10th) lost in the opening round to Texas (seeded 7th) 76-62.
While TWU will be tasked with a mighty challenge when the Golden Gophers are in town, the early season contest will be just the start of a much anticipated, and much longer, season for the Spartans.
This year, TWU will have 12 home games (four more than last year) as the Spartans overall schedule increases from 18 games to 24 games. With Simon Fraser bound for NCAA Div. 2, Canada West created a balanced schedule that will see the Spartans play every team twice during the regular season.
The Spartans will open their CIS season on the road in Lethbridge (October 22-23) before returning home to play UBC (October 29-30) in a much-anticipated matchup between TWU and last year’s national championship runners-up.
The defending national champions from Saskatchewan will also make the trip to Langley this year as the Spartans will host the Huskies January 28-29.
The start of the 2010-11 season will also give Spartans fans their first look at new recruits Jesse Jeffers, Kyle Coston, Lucas Nugteren and Eli Mara as well as 2009 redshirt transfer from UFV Tristen Smith.
CANADA WEST HOME SCHEDULE
10/29 BRITISH COLUMBIA 8PM
10/30 BRITISH COLUMBIA 7PM
11/12 REGINA 8PM
11/13 REGINA 7PM
11/19 ALBERTA 8PM
11/20 ALBERTA 7PM
12/03 FRASER VALLEY 8PM
12/04 FRASER VALLEY 7PM
01/28 SASKATCHEWAN 8PM
01/29 SASKATCHEWAN 7PM
02/04 BRANDON 8PM
02/05 BRANDON 7PM
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.
"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 13 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."
Last Updated: 2010-07-05