What you need to know
- Another road trip this weekend for the Heat men as they travel to Regina to face the Cougars. Watch the action live this Friday and Saturday night on CanadaWest.TV.
- UBCO is looking to snap a six-game losing streak that dates back to the middle of November, that has the team now one spot outside of the playoffs.
- Regina is 8-4 so far this season, including 5-1 on their home floor, the 'Cougs use a balanced attack with seven players averaging at least eight points a game.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, JAN 11th
SATURDAY, JAN 12th
Road trip continues:
- The four-game road trip to start 2019 got off to a rocky start for the Heat as they dropped both games to the No. 4 ranked UBC Thunderbirds last weekend in Vancouver.
- A 100-29 defeat on Friday night was followed up by a much better performance Saturday, in which they scored 42 points in the second half but still fell 103-69.
Starters playing their part:
- The second game last weekend was one of the better offensive performances from the Heat starters, as four of the five of them scored at least 14 points.
- While the starters have done their fair share so far this season, the bench combined for just eight total points in both games last weekend against UBC.
- For the season the UBCO bench is averaging just 9.6 points a game, while their opponents are averaging over 25 bench points a game.
Head to head with Regina: (2-3)
- These two teams met in January of 2017 in Kelowna, with each team pulling out a victory in a tightly contested weekend series.
Scouting the Cougars
- Regina has been a completely different team on their home court compared to on the road, as they are 5-1 in their home gym compared to just 3-3 on the road
- The only blemish all season in Regina was a 76-72 defeat to Manitoba in the middle of November.
- Two of the Cougars four defeats on the season came all the way back during the opening weekend of play, against the undefeated Calgary Dinos, as the defending national champions won both games by 91-68 and 95-60 final scores.
Balanced offensive attack:
- Regina does a great job distributing the ball around on the offensive end, they have seven players averaging at least 8.4 points a game. This includes four in double-figures led by senior guard Greishe Clerjuste.
- The Prairie school also own the most potent long-range shooter in the Canada West, Kameron Vales, currently leads the conference in three-point percentage at 45% from deep.