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Basketball home opener is November 2 as Canada West men's schedule announced

Basketball home opener is November 2 as Canada West men's schedule announced

Canada West has announced the schedule for the men's basketball 2018-19 season the 20-game schedule has UBC Okanagan opening on the road and has the Heat with 12 games in the first half and just eight in the second half of the season.

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The season opens in Langley for UBCO with a two-game set against the Trinity Western Spartans (Oct. 26-27).

The conference schedule boasts nothing but double headers so after the two game set versus TWU the Heat will head home for their home opener.

The first action at home for UBC Okanagan will be when they host the Brandon Bobcats (Nov. 2-3) at the beginning of November. Following that weekend of action, the Heat stay at home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns (Nov. 9-10).

The final weekend at home for the Heat will be at the end of 2018, November 30th-December 1st, when the UFV Cascades make the trip over the mountain pass to play the Heat on the floor of the 'Furnace'.

The eight games in 2019 will see four at home and four on the road in back-to-back fashion. On the road at the beginning of January, the Heat play in Vancouver against the Thunderbirds (Jan. 4-5). The sister school rivalry will be followed by a trip to Regina (Jan. 11-12) for the longest trip of the year.

The final four games will be in Kelowna with a series against the MacEwan Griffins (Jan. 18-19) before wrapping up the regular season with a B.C. rival, the Victoria Vikes (Jan. 25-26).

Once again all Heat basketball games will be carried live of canadawest.tv.

DATE OPPONENT SITE SERIES
Oct 26-27 Trinity Western Langley 2-6
Nov 2-3 Brandon Kelowna 0-5
Nov 9-10 Lethbridge Kelowna 0-4
Nov 16-17 Mount Royal Calgary 4-10
Nov 23-24 Thompson Rivers Kamloops 5-7
Nov 30-Dec 1 UFV Kelowna 3-11
Jan 4-5 UBC Vancouver 0-10
Jan 11-12 Regina Regina 2-3
Jan 18-19 MacEwan Kelowna 2-8
Jan 25-26 Victoria Kelowna 1-7

Championships:

All 17 teams in CW play basketball and the conference has an unbalanced schedule that uses RPI to help determine the 12 teams that qualify for the postseason.

Upset heaven in the first round in the CW playoffs format with single elimination games played by teams ranked 5-12 after the conference schedule end.

A CW champion will be crowned at the beginning of March (Mar. 1 or 2) and will be played at the highest remaining seed's home court.

The U SPORTS national championship is a four-day event in Halifax with Dalhousie serving as the host university running March 7-10.

NOTES: Top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs. The top 12 teams are then ranked 1 to 12 based on each team's RPI standing in order to account for the various strength of schedules faced by each team. RPI will be displayed beginning in mid-December and is updated every Monday following regular season competition. 

PLAYOFF FORMAT:

WEEK 1: Feb. 8 & 9 (single game):
Teams seeded 1-4 by RPI receive the first week bye

Game 1 - 9 @ 8
Game 2 - 12 @ 5
Game 3 - 11 @ 6  
Game 4 - 10 @ 7

WEEK 2: Feb. 14-17 (best-of-three quarter-finals):

Series A: Highest remaining seed @ 4
Series B: 2nd highest remaining seed @ 3
Series c - 2nd lowest remaining seed @ 2
Series D - Lowest remaining seed @ 1

WEEK 3: Feb. 21-22 (best-of-three semifinals):

Winner of Series A vs. Winner of Series D (at higher seed)
Winner of Series B vs. Winner of Series C (at higher seed)

WEEK 4: March 1 or 2 CW championship

Single elimination championship game at highest remaining seed
Bronze medal game at highest remaining seed, only to be played if needed to determine a third U SPORTS qualifier.

U SPORTS Final 8 - March 7-10 (Dalhousie)