What you need to know
- Riding momentum, the Heat men’s basketball squad play their final two home games this weekend against the Winnipeg Wesmen.
- It will also be Graduating Player Night on Saturday as guard Patrick Dujmovic features in his final home game in a Heat uniform.
- Winnipeg comes in at 6-8 in Canada West play, just three games ahead of UBCO who are just one game back of the final playoff spot.
- Friday nights matchup with also feature as Bell Lets Talk night, a campaign promoting mental health awareness. For the full story, you can click here.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, Jan 24th
SATURDAY, NOV 30th
- After two huge victories last weekend against the UNBC Timberwolves, the Heat sit just one game back of the T-Wolves for the 12th and final playoff spot with four games remaining.
- The two victories over the team from up north would snap an 11-game losing skid for UBCO as they hadn't picked up a victory since early November against the TRU WolfPack.
- The 174 points are the most the Heat have scored all season in a weekend series, as they shot over 47% from the field on both nights.
- Patrick Dujmovic will be graduating from the Science program this spring and has started in 13 Canada West games in his time with UBCO.
- The White Rock product played over the course of four seasons for the Heat, suiting up for 51 games and picking up 138 points along with 115 rebounds.
- Known as a knock-down shooter, Dujmovic had his best game in a Heat uniform back in 2018 when he dropped 20 points against Saskatchewan, including four made triples.
Head to head with Winnipeg: (1-4)
- These two squads haven’t seen each other very often in recent memory, as the two games in 2017-18 are the only two in the last six seasons.
- The only UBCO victory in this series came way back in 2011-12, as they captured the 79-70 victory thanks to 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Scouting the Wesmen
Three weekends left to make the postseason:
- The Wesmen sit squarely in playoff contention currently, as they sit 10th in the conference at 6-8.
- Winnipeg will finish with four of their final six games away from home, including a road-trip to the UBC Thunderbirds in the final weekend of the regular season.
- They have picked up just one victory away from home so far this season (1-5), with that victory coming in Brandon against the Bobcats in early December.
It all starts on defense:
- If there’s one strength to this Wesmen squad it has to be on the defensive end of the floor.
- They currently sit fifth in the Canada West in points allowed (75.4) with the four teams above them in this category already having clinched a playoff berth.
- UBCO will have to take care of the ball all weekend long as they did against UNBC, as the Wesmen sit second in forcing turnovers at almost 20 a contest.