The new look Brock Badgers will open-up their second season under head coach Charles Kissi by welcoming the University of Illinois-Chicago (Horizon League) to the Bob Davis Dynamism on Monday August 18th.
St. Catherines, Ontario has become a top destination for NCAA teams to get an early start to the season since the mid 90’s. The Badgers last welcomed a division one opponent in 2012 when Wake Forest, Tulsa and Dusquene made the trip up North .
Brock is currently on a eight-game losing streak to NCAA teams and is 4-21 all-time against American teams. Their last victory over a D1 team came in 2007 when they beat North Florida (81-72) at home and Air Force Academy (66-63) on the road.
Since winning the 2007-2008 CIS Men’s Basketball Championship the Badgers haven’t had a winning season, a streak that 2014 OUA Rookie of the year Dani Elgadi (19.6 PPG/10.6 RGP) will look to end with an early start to his sophomore season. Elgadi, a 6-7, 200 lbs small forward from Waterloo, Ontario finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, losing out to UNB’s Javon Masters who led the CIS in scoring as a freshman with 27.4 points per game.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames are coming off of a 6-25 season which they won only one game (1-15) in the Horizon league. Fifth-year head coach and west-side Chicago native Howard Moore will look to improve his resume and some late game strategies that should help UIC overcome some of their late game mistakes which cost them dearly last year as they lost eleven games by seven points or less.
The flames are lead by 6-4/200lbs senior guard Marc Brown who averaged 11 points per game Jordan Hanks (8.5PPG/5.6RPG)
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.
Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard. After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.
Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada
The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.
The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).
The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.
Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.
Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the 2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.
Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.
Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.
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