VIDEO: NO. 7 RANKED SPARTANS HOST ALBERTA THIS WEEKEND


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
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VIDEO: NO. 7 RANKED SPARTANS HOST ALBERTA THIS WEEKEND

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 7 ranked Trinity Western men’s basketball team (6-2) will host Alberta (5-1) this weekend looking to build upon a four-game winning streak. The Spartans will take on the Golden Bears at  8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

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SPARTANS (6-2)
CIS Ranking:  7th
Canada West Standing: 2nd (tied)
Last Week: Regina 100-60 W, 79-55 W
Streak: 4 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 9-9 (5th, Pacific)
2010 CW Playoffs: N/A
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
TWU Lifetime vs Alberta: 2-14

So far this year, when the Spartans win, they win big. But when they lose, they lose big as well. Fortunately for TWU fans, the victories have come far more frequently than the defeats.

In six wins, the Spartans have had an average margin of victory of 34.5 points. But in their two losses, both to UBC, they have lost by an average of 17.5 points.

So with Alberta in town this weekend, a team that has already beat UBC this year, TWU will have an opportunity to get a win over a quality opponent in what will no doubt be a tight two-game series.  

Overall , through the first eight games, Trinity Western is averaging 94.1 points per game (1st in CW) while only giving up 72.6 points per game (3rd in CW).

While scoring has come relatively easy this year for TWU, especially in their six wins, the key to their success has most obviously been their prowess on the glass. Led by Tyrell Mara – who is tied for fourth in CW with 9.0 rebounds per game – the Spartans have been far and away the best rebounding team in the conference.

They are averaging 43.0 boards per game (1st in CW) while only allowing the opposition to grab 27.4 rebounds per game (1st in CW), amounting to a rebounding advantage of +15.6, which is nearly 10 rebounds more than second-place Saskatchewan.

As a team, Trinity Western is first in defensive field goal percentage (37.6 per cent), assists (20.4 per game) and tied for first in steals with 10.0 per game. The Spartans are also second in field goal percentage (46.8 per cent), defensive three-point field goal percentage (30.2 per cent) and three-point field goals made (9.8 per game).

Jacob Doerksen continues to lead offensively with 19.1 points per game (tied for 3rd in CW), while Calvin Westbrook is second with 14.5 points per game (tied for 20th in CW). Doerkson also leads the conference in FG percentage (69.7 per cent) and is fourth in offensive rebounds (3.6 per game).


GOLDEN BEARS (5-1)
CIS Ranking: NR
Canada West Standing: 1st
Last Week: Brandon 81-71 W, 89-75 W
Streak: 3 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 10-10 (4th, Prairie Division)
2010 CW Playoffs: 0-2
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: 2005
Last CIS Title: 2002
UBC Lifetime vs TWU: 14-2

The Alberta Golden Bears come to Langley with a tidy bit of momentum as they are riding a three-game winning streak that includes a victory over No. 3 ranked UBC.

Although they didn’t quite make the CIS Top 10 this past week, Alberta was only a few points out and is the top team amongst the honourable mentions.

The sparkplug for the Golden Bears this year has been their staunch defence as they have only allowed teams to score an average of 71.7 points per game (1st in CW). The opposition has only hit 40.8 per cent of their field goal attempts (5th in CW) and, even better, their foes have only hit 27.5 per cent of their three-point attempts (1st in CW).

Offensively from the perimeter, the Golden Bears have also been top notch as they are shooting a league high 41.7 per cent.

As a team, Alberta is also remarkably consistent from the free throw line as the Golden Bears have hit 79.5 per cent of their shots from the line, which is tops in the conference.

Where Alberta has been deficient, and where the Edmonton-based squad will have to improve upon if they hope to beat TWU, is on the boards. The Golden Bears are only averaging 36.8 rebounds per game (9th in CW). They are rather sharp defensively, only giving up 33.8 rebounds per game (3rd in CW), but their +3.0 rebounding margin is a far cry from the +15.6 of TWU.

And don’t expect to see the Golden Bears block many shots or generate many steals either. Alberta has averaged just 1.2 blocks per game (12th in CW) and 5.7 steals per game (12th in CW).

The Golden Bears are led by Daniel Ferguson, who is the conference’s leading scorer, who is averaging 25.2 points per game and hitting 55.1 per cent of his three-point attempts. Ferguson is followed by Jordan Baker, who has 17.8 points per game (10th in CW). Baker also leads the team in rebounding with 11.3 boards per game (3rd in CW).

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Last Updated: 2010-11-18
Author: Mark Janzen