UNBC Men's Basketball To Host Dinos To Open 2017-2018 Season

June 21, 2017


Canada West officially released the schedule for the 2017-2018 Men’s basketball season, with the UNBC Timberwolves welcoming the Canada West-champion Calgary Dinos to Prince George to open the campaign.

The Timberwolves will also play host to UBC in November, with the Thunderbirds fresh off a 19-1 season in 2016-2107.

12 of UNBC’s 20 regular season games will be played prior to the Christmas break, before the Timberwolves resume the schedule in January with UBC Okanagan visiting the Northern Sport Centre.

UNBC looks to improve on a 4-16 campaign in the 2016-2017 season. Coach Todd Jordan’s team will conclude the season schedule at home, welcoming the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on January 26th and 27th.

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.

While RPI remains, the formula used to calculate it doesn’t. Alterations have been made to the RPI formula, following review by Canada West’s sport committee. The new formula, listed below, has been amended to both increase the value of a team’s win/loss record, while reducing the value assigned for away wins and increasing the value for home wins.

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.

Fans will have access to every conference game on the road to nationals this season on Canada West TV – the conference’s official streaming platform – as every men’s and women’s conference regular season and playoff game will be streamed in 2017-18.

A full list of package options will be available mid-August, when the conference unveils its new streaming platform, as part of the conference’s rebrand

2017-2018 UNBC Timberwolves Men’s Basketball Schedule

Friday, October 27th – Calgary @ UNBC – 8 PM PT
Saturday, October 28th – Calgary @ UNBC – 7 PM PT

Friday, November 3rd – UNBC @ Trinity Western – 8 PM PT
Saturday, November 4th – UNBC @ Trinity Western – 7 PM PT

Friday, November 10th – UBC @ UNBC – 8 PM PT
Saturday, November 11th – UBC @ UNBC – 7 PM PT

Friday, November 17th – Regina @ UNBC – 8 PM PT
Saturday, November 18th – Regina @ UNBC - 7 PM PT

Friday, November 24th – UNBC @ MacEwan – 8 PM MT
Saturday, November 25th – UNBC @ MacEwan – 7 PM MT

Friday, December 1st – UNBC @ Thompson Rivers – 8 PM PT
Saturday, December 2nd – UNBC @ Thompson Rivers – 7 PM PT

Friday, January 5th – UBC Okanagan @ UNBC – 8 PM PT
Saturday, January 6th – UBC Okanagan @ UNBC – 7 PM PT

Friday, January 12th – UNBC @ Brandon – 8 PM CT
Saturday, January 13th – UNBC @ Brandon – 7 PM CT

Friday, January 19th – UNBC @ Victoria – 8 PM PT
Saturday, January 20th – UNBC @ Victoria – 7 PM PT

Friday, January 26th – Fraser Valley @ UNBC – 8 PM PT
Saturday, January 27th – Fraser Valley @ UNBC – 7 PM PT