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PREVIEW: MBASK out to score national upset
Game Date and Time: Saturday, February 4 - 3:00 p.m. (at Brock)
Game Location: Bob Davis Gymnasium, St. Catharines
Live Webcast/Radio Coverage: OUA.tv
Tickets: at Brock

ALL SQUARE IN THE OUA WEST
With just four games left in the regular season, there is still so much on the line for the Golden Hawks’ men’s basketball team. Back-to-back wins over Toronto and Waterloo have propelled the purple and gold right back into a tie for the OUA West Division lead at a record of 8-8 with the Windsor Lancers.

A victory on Saturday in St. Catharines would go a long way in terms of providing some breathing room with a showdown against the Lancers in Windsor upcoming next Wednesday. The task will not be simple however as they will be taking on a Badgers team who, at 11-4, are ranked No. 4 in the U SPORTS Top 10 rankings. 

The Hawks have, like most teams, have had their struggles against nationally-ranked opponents with an 0-4 record and will have their work cut out for them as the Badgers roll into the contest fresh off a victory over defending OUA champions Ryerson last Friday.

The Laurier offence has been running at a much more efficient rate in their past two victories in large part due to an increased focus on ball movement. The Hawks have posted consecutive season-highs in assists with 17 and 18 in their last two contests.  A continued emphasis on sharing the rock will be critical if the Hawks want to pull off the big upset on the road.

TIP-IN’S
-    Aside from undefeated Carleton, the Badgers are currently the hottest team in the OUA with six straight victories dating back to Jan. 14
-    The Hawks continue to sit at No. 9 in the RPI standings that are responsible for playoff seeding for the third week in a row
-    The team will return to Waterloo next Saturday for their home regular season finale against their rivals in purple, the Western Mustangs (3-11). The Alpha Omega Sorority will be hosting a special event at the Athletic Complex on Game Day with proceeds going towards Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (8-8)

F Matt Chesson (Whitby, Ont.)
-    Chesson appears to peaking at just the right time heading into the playoffs as he was simply dominant in a career afternoon last Saturday at Waterloo with 31 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks
-    Chesson’s ability to make shots in tight to the basket and ability to be a legitimate second or third option on offence will be critical as the games and defences get tighter

G Chuder Teny (Kitchener, Ont.)
-    Teny has been flying under the radar for the Hawks as of late with four straight games of double-digit scoring and has been instrumental in the improved ball movement on the offensive end

U SPORTS No. 4 Brock Badgers (11-4)

F Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, Ont.)
-    The senior will look to burn his hometown team on the weekend and has been a major contributor on both ends for the Badgers, averaging an OUA-leading 10.4 rebounds to go along with 15 points a game on 54 percent shooting from the field
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