Laurier's "Big 3" are 6'5 wing Kale Harrison (21.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG), 6'4 wing Max Allin (14.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG) , and 6'8 post Pat Donnelly (16.0 PPG, 9.4 RPG), who provide one of the toughest combination of matchups in the league. All are multi-dimensional scorers and are usually present match-up problems for usually shorter opponents. Laurier's other starting post player Matt Buckley is also having a good year, averaging 13.2 PPG and 9.1 RPG. With Lakehead usually preferring to play 'small ball', the taller opponents (currently CIS #1 in offensive rebounding) will challenge LU rebounding specialist Yoosrie Salhia, who has 5 straight 'double doubles' going into the weekend. Laurier is also currently averaging 89.4 Points Per Game, and LU 75.4, and with both teams apt to the 'run and gun' offensive strategy, a fast paced high scoring affair is not out of the question.
Last Match-up Results
These two team split the season series last year @ the Laurier gym, LU losing the first game 69-59 before winning the second 79-65.
Coach Morrison's Message:
"The big and skilled lineup that Laurier puts on the floor is a challenging group to match up with. It becomes a 'pick your poison' scenario. We have to be prepared to stay focused when Laurier heats up and stick to our game plan in order to keep the game close. It has been almost two months since our last home game and we are looking forward to getting out there and playing our first game of 2011 in front of the best fans in the country."
Games can also be watched on SSN Canada, www.ssncanada.ca/games , and heard locally on LU Radio, 102.7 FM.