• Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • 8:00 PM
  • Edmonton, Alberta - Saville Community Sport Centre
  • Box Score
UofL Pronghorns2120241176
Golden Bears2317191675
Bears scoring leader: Andre Kelly with 75

Bears host Lethbridge in playoffs for third-straight season

#2 Bears host #7 Pronghorns in best-of-three quarter-final series

By Connor Hood on February 12, 2019

Both UAlberta basketball teams begin their championship quest this weekend, as the Golden Bears and Pandas host the Lethbridge Pronghorns this weekend in their quarter-final series’ at Saville Community Sports Centre.

The two best-of-three quarter-final series will begin on Thursday with Game 1 (Pandas at 6:00 p.m. / Bears at 8:00 p.m.), with Game 2 set for Friday, and if necessary, Game 3 on Saturday night. All three games of both series will also be streamed live on Canada West TV. 

Playoff History

This weekend will mark the third straight season the Golden Bears and Pronghorns men’s team will clash in the conference playoffs. Alberta swept Lethbridge 2-0 in the 2018 semifinals, and earned a 2-1 series win in the 2017 quarter-final en route to their 12th conference championship. 

Both of the previous two playoff meetings also came at Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton. 

The two rivals also met in November in regular season play, with the Bears earning wins of 85-72 and 87-74. 

Potent Offence

If their previous meetings in the playoffs and regular season are any indication, this weekend’s men series should be highly entertaining and explosive. 

Lethbridge led Canada West scoring 94.8 points per game, including shooting a league-best 47.5%. The Bears finished seventh at 84.8 points per game, finishing in the top half of the conference in field goal percentage and three-point percentage. 

The big gap between the clubs, however, is on defence. The Bears have the second best defensive unit, allowing just 72.5 points per game, while Lethbridge ranks 7th at 80.3

U SPORTS Appearances

The Golden Bears are looking for a third-straight U SPORTS Championship appearance, after finishing 7th in 2017 and 2018. 

The Pandas are aiming to get back for the first time since 2016, which was the tail-end of three-straight appearances.

The top two Canada West finishers automatically qualify for nationals, with one spot open for the At-Large Berth.