The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team will conclude their non-conference schedule this weekend, as they host the UBC Thunderbirds, Lakehead Thunderwolves and Brock Badgers this weekend in the Golden Bears Invitational.
The Bears will host Lakehead at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, and Brock at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the Men's Basketball Invitational will be available at the door.
The Golden Bears are coming off another long playoff run a year ago, finishing second in Canada West, before losing in the U SPORTS Quarter-final. It was the second-straight national championship appearance for the Bears,who have won two of the last five conference titles.
The 12-time conference champions will, however, floor one of their youngest rosters in recent seasons. Three-time all-star Brody Clarke returns to lead a Bears team that features seven rookies, and no fifth-year student-athletes. Among the rookies are highly-touted recruits Adam Paige, Tyus Jefferson, Geoffrey James and Shol Ayach.
The 2018-19 Canada West season will begin on October 25th, as the Bears and Pandas host the MacEwan Griffins at Saville Community Sports Centre.