The Memorial Sea-Hawks (6-12) host the Dalhousie Tigers (12-6) this weekend in a 2-game series, with each game being worth 4-points in the standings. It's a crucial weekend for the Sea-Hawks who hold the final playoff spot in the competitive AUS conference. Memorial holds the tiebreaker over both Acadia and UPEI, if the teams happen to finish the season tied. The Hawks will clinch their spot, if they earn one victory this weekend over the U SPORTS #7 ranked Dalhousie Tigers. The Tigers are just 2-points behind the UNB Reds for 2nd place in the conference, which would earn them a first round bye at the AUS Championships.
Last weekend, the Sea-Hawks visited the U SPORTS #4 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies and dropped by games by double digits. The team will look to bounced back at home, where they sport a 5-3 record.
Dalhousie enters the weekend scorching hot, behind a 6-game winning streak, which has seen them shoot up the AUS standings. Last weekend the Tigers swept the UNB Reds at home, which kept them in the hunt for a playoff bye.
By The Numbers
1 – The Hawks need one win this weekend to punch their ticket to Halifax for the 2019 AUS Basketball Championships. It would be a nice accomplishment for this young Sea-Hawks squad, which features 8 Newfoundlander's in their lineup.
73 – Dalhousie is only giving up 72.55 PPG this season on the defensive end, which is the 2nd best average in the conference.
Nathan Barker (Memorial) – Nathan Barker enters the weekend 2nd in league scoring at 21.7 PPG, behind Osman Omar who is at 21.9 PPG. Barker and Omar have been trading spots for the majority of the season. It will be interesting to see who closes out the season in top spot.
Alex Carson (Dalhousie) – The Tigers will be led by 3rd year guard Alex Carson, who is 8th in league scoring at 14.4 PPG, and 5th in 3PT% at 37.9%. Memorial will likely have to keep Carson in check in order to clinch their berth into the post season.