Lancers have had Marauders number this season

The McMaster men’s basketball team could earn a berth in the Ontario University Athletics final-four, when it takes on the Windsor Lancers in a West Division basketball semi-final on Saturday (Feb. 25). Tip-off in the Burridge Gym is set for 2 p.m.

The Marauders enter the contest via a bye as a result of finishing second (17-5) in the OUA West. Windsor, which finished in fourth place (15-7), won a quarter-final game at home on Wednesday night over Brock Badgers, 88-80.

In head-to-head play, the Lancers have been a tough match-up for the Marauders winning both games in league play, including a 78-64 result in Windsor and a hard fought 78-74 decision in Hamilton.

It’s always a homecoming of sorts for Lancer coach Chris Oliver, who got his Canadian Interuniversity Sports coaching career started as an assistant on the Marauder staff, while a student at McMaster.

Marauder coach Amos Connolly has done a great job in his second season, guiding a young Mac squad to a second place finish in the tough OUA West.

The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the OUA final-four being held at the University of Waterloo, March 2-3. In the other OUA West semi-final, the upstart Guelph Gryphons travel to Thunder Bay to play first-place Lakehead.