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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
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Tickets: at Brock

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.

-    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

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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