The Heat men's basketball team is slated to have a tough home schedule as the 2019-20 Canada West schedule is announced.
In the first semester, the Heat will host a pair of conference powerhouses in UBC and Calgary. These two will give new UBCO head coach Clay Pottinger an early look at some of the best squads in Canada in his first season on the bench.
The Heat's season opens at the University of Manitoba (November 1-2), and the trip to Manitoba capital is one of three out of province trips UBCO will take this season.
Drawing Presidents' Cup rival, Thompson Rivers, as the home opener opponent, will have the action intense off the hop in Kelowna.
That opening game on November 8 against the WolfPack will be a matinee, giving school groups the chance to catch the Heat in action.
Outside of the opening matinee, all Friday games on home court will start at 8 p.m. In an effort to be more family friendly, the Saturday game will tip-off at 6 p.m.
For fans looking to watch every conference game, 2019-20 Canada West TV passes are now on sale, with the best early-bird pricing available until the end of June. An all-access pass ($79.99), or a basketball sport pass ($31.99), can be purchased by clicking here.
The regular season will wrap up with a pair of games in Saskatoon at the U of S on January 31-February 1.
A more March Madness style playoffs will highlight the Canada West conference this spring. The entire three-week playoff will feature single-elimination games. With 12 teams qualifying for the postseason will boil down to a conference champion being crowned on February 29.
The U SPORTS national championship will be hosted by the Ottawa/Carleton and will run from March 5-8 will both genders competing for a national title.
Important Dates and Notes:
- November 1 – CW season opens for the league. Heat take on the Manitoba Bisons for the first time at U of M since 2012.
- November 8 - Home opener versus TRU with a special matinee time.
- November 8-9 - Presidents Cup rivalry vs. TRU - in Kelowna.
- November 22-23 - Host sister-school rival UBC.
- November 30 - Final home match of first half of season against Calgary.
- January 3 - Open 2020 on the road in Victoria.
- January 25 – Senior players night at the final Heat home game vs. Winnipeg.
- Host both CW finalists (UBC & Calgary) in back-to-back weekends to close out the first semester.