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PREVIEW: MBASK prepare for postseason
Game Dates and Times: Friday, February 16 – 8:00 p.m. (at Lakehead) and Saturday, February 17 – 8:00 p.m. (at Lakehead)
Game Locations: C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, Thunder Bay
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Tickets: at Lakehead

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team head into the final weekend of the OUA regular season having already clinched the OUA West’s fourth seed and home court in the first round of the playoffs next week. However, they do not want to stop there. They will need a bit of help elsewhere, but two wins this weekend against the Lakehead Thunderwolves (2-20) in Thunder Bay could vault the Hawks (10-12) into the coveted third seed, currently occupied by the Windsor Lancers (11-11).

Capturing third would provide a couple of benefits for the purple and gold. First, a potentially more favourable first round opponent and secondly, it allows them to avoid U SPORTS No. 2 Brock in the OUA Quarter-Finals.

On paper, going 2-0 this weekend looks like a straight-forward objective, given Lakehead’s position in the OUA West cellar. Hawks Head Coach Justin Serresse warns that there is no room for complacency, however, noting that Lakehead is a tough place to play on the road, given the travel and crowd. Pleased with the playoff mindset and intensity his team showed during their Seniors Day win last Sunday over Guelph, Serresse wants the Hawks to replicate that effort as they prepare for the postseason which starts next Wednesday.

-    The Hawks return to their newly redesigned home court at the Athletic Complex for their first-round playoff matchup next Wednesday. Potential opponents include McMaster, Waterloo, and Algoma
-    The purple and gold will need some help from Waterloo and Brock this weekend, who both play on the road at Windsor
-    Laurier is in position to finish the regular season as one of only two teams in the OUA West to have a positive point differential over the full 24 games
-    The Thunderwolves have lost seven in a row coming into this weekend, most recently dropping a pair at Brock, although one of those games was decided by only four points

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (10-12)

G Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.)
-    The OUA’s fourth leading scorer averaging over 20 points a game, Kokko made history last Sunday, becoming only the fourth player in program history to eclipse 400 points in a single season. At 403 points on the year, he sits 63 back of Kale Harrison’s team record of 466
-    Perhaps known more for dropping threes, the second-year guard has been quietly effective at the free-throw line, leading the OUA with an 87.5 success rate at the charity stripe

Lakehead Thunderwolves (2-20)

G Nick Burke (Hamilton, Ont.)
-    The senior has started all 22 games for Lakehead this season, averaging 12 points a game, shooting an effective 47 percent from the field
-    Scored a season-high 22 in a Thunderwolves win over Guelph on Jan. 6
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