Volume 95, Issue 80

Wednesday, March 6, 2002
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From "uh-oh" to the OUAs

Badgers lose their bite

It's either Halifax or bust

Celebrating gold with a Foster's

Sports Briefs

Hauling in the hardware

It's either Halifax or bust

Wild-card security is a thing of the past.

The new format for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball championships has turned the showdown between the Western Mustangs and the McMaster Marauders – tonight at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall – into a duel of epic proportions.

The winners of tonight's Ontario University Athletics West Division final advances to the national championships in Halifax on Mar. 16.

Mustang head coach Craig Boydell said the game will be heated. "It's going to be a very hard fought game – you have to assume everyone is going to be laying it on the line for 40 minutes."

The Marauders' recent success bodes well for them going into the game. Steel Town's squad narrowly defeated the Mustangs in their first meeting, losing 78-75, yet revamped and shocked a television audience when they dropped the Mustangs 80-70 on Feb. 23.

Marauders head coach Joe Raso explained the task at hand. "We're going to have to get a good start and play fundamentally sound basketball. The secret is you have to come and play for 40 minutes and you have to be willing to compete with them."

One comforting aspect of the loss to the Marauders was the Mustang domination in the first half (45-31 half-time lead) and guard Adam Peaker said the key lies in those first 20 minutes of basketball.

"We just have to play like we did against them in the first half when we went down there," Peaker said. "If we can do that, we'll be fine."

It's obvious from both sides, tonight's match-up will be – much like Nolan Richardson and the Arkansas Razorbacks aptly-named attack – '40 minutes of hell.'

–Jordan Bell

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