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PREVIEW: Heat look to continue winning streak at home

PREVIEW: Heat look to continue winning streak at home

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 

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference home game
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (3-13) vs the Winnipeg Wesmen (6-8) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

SATURDAY, NOV 30th  

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference home game
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Winnipeg Wesmen  | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC 


Playoff hunt:

  • 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.

Senior Acknowledgement:

Patrick Dujmovic:

  • 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.

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