The University of Winnipeg Wesmen is pleased to announce the official release of the 2017-18 Canada West Conference Men's and Women's regular season basketball schedules for the upcoming season starting in late October.
The Wesmen basketball teams will begin regular season play on Friday, October 27 in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars. The Wesmen will play their home openers on November 3rd against the Alberta Pandas/Golden Bears. Winnipeg will hit the road for two consecutive weekends starting with a pair of games against the Calgary Dinos (November 11-12) followed by two games on the West Coast against the Fraser Valley Cascades (November 17-18). The Wesmen close out their first half schedules on home court facing the UBC Thunderbirds (November 24-25) and the MacEwan Griffins (December 1-2).
Following the December break, Winnipeg will play eight games (four home, four away) beginning with a home and home series against the Brandon Bobcats (January 5-6). Following a bye in the schedule, Winnipeg will take on their cross town rivals Manitoba Bisons in a home and home set, beginning Friday, January 19th with the basketball portion of the 27th Annual Duckworth Challenge at the U of M. The rivals will conclude the series at the U of W the following night (January 20th). The Wesmen will hit the road for the final time in regular season play in Regina (January 26-27) before concluding regular season play on home court facing the UBC Okanagan Heat (February 2-3).
For the second consecutive season, ratings performance index (RPI) will be used to seed playoff teams, while win/loss records will again be used to determine playoff qualification. The CW RPI was implemented last season to account for varying strengths of schedules, resulting from the conference's unbalanced schedule.
In addition to the altered RPI formula, a new playoff format is also coming to CW basketball this season, as the conference eliminated the CW Final Four tournament in favour of a one-game championship hosted by the highest remaining seed.
The number of playoff teams (12) has not changed from last season. The first round of conference playoffs will see the top four seeds earn byes, while the remaining eight teams will play single-elimination games (12 @ 5, 11 @ 6, 10 @ 7, and 9 @ 8) between February 8 and 11.
U SPORTS nationals are slated for March 8-11, with the women's event being held by Regina – for the fourth time in school history – while the men's event returns to Halifax again for a second consecutive year.
The formula used in 2016-17 was as follows:
RPI = 25% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.2 away win + 0.8 home win, 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent's average winning percentage (OOWP).
The formula that will be used in 2017-18, with changes in bold, is as follows:
RPI = 35% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.1 away win + 0.9 home win, 40% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent's average winning percentage (OOWP).
Winnipeg Wesmen Regular Season Basketball Schedules (Women/Men)
Fri - Sat Oct 27-28 – at Mount Royal
Fri – Sat Nov 3-4 – vs Alberta (Regular Season Home Openers)
Sat - Sun Nov 11-12 – at Calgary
Fri - Sat Nov 17-18 – at Fraser Valley
Fri - Sat Nov 24-25 – vs UBC
Fri - Sat Dec 1-2 – vs MacEwan
Fri- Jan 5 – at Brandon
Sat- Jan 6 – vs Brandon
Fri – Jan 19 – at Manitoba (27th Annual Duckworth Challenge)
Sat – Jan 20 – vs Manitoba
Fri- Sat - Jan 26-27 – at Regina
Fri- Sat – Feb 2-3 – vs UBC Okanagan