Friday, September 30, 2011

Lakehead Opens Non Conference Schedule

Lakehead opens the non conference portion of the 2011-12 season hosting Winnipeg Wesmen for two games.

The games are broadcast online. See below for details

Homecoming Weekend Basketball Preview

September 29th, 2011

Author: Hugh Mullally

The men's and women's basketball teams will play their first home games of the season, beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm for the women, and 8:00 pm for the men versus the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. They will rematch on Saturday evening with the same tip-off times. All games will be webcast on SSN: Thunderwolves Webcast

Friday will be a momentous evening for Thunderwolves fans, as they will be treated to their first OUA men's basketball banner raising and Wilson Cup presentation in the Thunderdome. The men's team is carrying 16 players this season, five of whom are natural freshmen and seven are 4th year seniors. Freshmen Michael Thorne Finch and Alex Robichaud will not dress due to injuries.

The Winnipeg Wesmen are coached by Mike Raimbault, who enters his 2nd year with Winnipeg after winning a CCAA national championship (and coach of the year honors) with UNBC. He also took the Brandon Bobcats to the 2007-08 CIS Final 8 with a 20-2 regular season record. Winnipeg 4th year forward Benny Iko attended the same school (Howard) as Lakehead forward Joseph Jones prior to joining the CIS. Winnipeg's roster boasts four 5th year seniors.

LU Coach Scott Morrison:

"We are excited to finally match-up with a different colour jersey and try to gauge our pre-season development against a non-conference opponent. I am looking for our core of seniors to step up and show our younger players the type of game prep and focus required to be successful at the CIS level. Winnipeg is a well coached team on the rise and present a number of tough match-ups for us to contain at this early stage of the season."

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