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‘Wolves Into the Belly of the Beast

| Basketball (M), News

After staving off elimination in London on Wednesday, the men’s basketball team face the Ryerson Rams on Saturday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. Game time is 8pm.

Webcast available via OUA TV, and the game will be carried on Rogers TV Toronto and Rogers Super Sports Pak (channel 450).

A_Best_3While the task set before them is a daunting one, the Thunderwolves see this game as an opportunity for greatness and growth for their youthful group that includes seven freshmen on the active roster.

Ryerson (17-2, CIS #3) is undefeated on their home court this season, averaging 95 points/game, the outlier being 79 points against Carleton, when they defeated the national champs back in January.

Fourth year senior Alex Robichaud played his heart out in Wednesday’s first round playoff win, and hopes to extend his Lakehead career once more. He will likely be tasked with guarding Aaron Best, who is on the unofficial short list for OUA Player of the Year.

In terms of strategy Lakehead would do well to get out in transition against the Rams, as Ryerson’s length and athleticism on defense makes them near impregnable in a half-court set.

In terms of history, Lakehead owes Aaron Best and Ryerson an upset. Back in 2012 Ryerson and then-rookie Best sent Lakehead home in the OUA semi-finals. While Lakehead’s roster has been turned over from top to bottom since then, Thunderwolf Nation still lists that defeat highly on the ‘revenge list’ and would like nothing more than to check it off on Saturday night.


Webcast available via OUA TV, and the game will be carried on Rogers TV Toronto and Rogers Super Sports Pak (channel 450).

OUA Playoff vs Ryerson Rams
Sat, March 5

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