Playoff picture focus of Mac basketball twin-bills

The McMaster Marauders teams will face the Lakehead Thunderwolves for a pair of critical Ontario University Athletics basketball contests this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21-22). Although still early in the schedule, the weekend’s games could have playoff implications for both teams.

The Marauder men will be looking to extend their current four-game win streak, but face a stiff test in second-place Lakehead. The Thunderwolves come to McMaster with a record of 9-3, two games better than McMaster’s fourth-place standing of 7-5.

The McMaster women’s team currently sits in seventh place in the OUA West standings one spot outside of the playoff picture. The women will be counting on home court to help the team, as it tries to inch back toward the final playoff spot. Lakehead enters the weekend with an 8-4 record and is squarely in the race for a top-four finish, which means a home playoff date.

McMaster stands at 3-8 and trails Guelph for the sixth and last playoff position by eight points.

Marauder basketball will also be welcoming the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hamilton to Friday night’s games. Sixty youngsters will be transported to the game on the Marauder Coach and treated to dinner courtesy of McDonald’s, as part of their McMaster experience.

Saturday is Hamilton Basketball Association night, with players and coaches from the HBA in attendance as McMaster welcomes the players of tomorrow.

Doubleheader action on both nights tips off at 6 p.m. with the women’s game, followed by men’s action at 8 p.m. Saturday’s double header will be broadcast live on Cable 14 and available online.

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