Basketball Civil War – Toronto VS Mississauga #NCAACanada
Highlighting tonight’s NCAA match ups are four Canadians–Naz Long and Dillon Brooks of Mississauga, plus Malcolm Duvivier from Toronto and Duane Notice of Woodbridge.
Brooks and Oregon will take on Malcolm Duvivier and Oregon St in what is referred to as “Civil War” in the Oregon basketball scene, stemming from the programs’ college football rivalry dating back to 1894.
Naz Long and Iowa State will take on Duane Notice and South Carolina.
The North Pole Hoops team has arrived in Brooklyn and we are hours away from watching the #9 ranked ISU Cyclones (10-1) against the SC Gamecocks (8-3) in the Barclays Center; the first time ever that these two teams meet.
Canadian Guard Naz Long is one of the five players for Iowa State who is averaging double digit scoring (13.8 ppg) for the Cyclones. Georges Niang, Bryce Dejean-Jones, Dustin Hogue and Monte Morris are all pitching in with over 10 ppg, Niang at the top of the list with 16.1 points per game.
The three point line will need to be defended closely tonight for South Carolina.
Naz Long is one of ISU’s main threats from 3 point land, shooting 50% from deep in the last seven games.
The Cyclones roster mirrors that statistics of the San Antonio Spurs in terms of versatility in scoring from their personnel. Tonight will mark the Gamecocks biggest competition to date in the 2014-2015 season.
Duane Notice (Woodbridge, ON) happens to be a double digit man himself for South Carolina and now a potent 3 point threat.
Statistics show that Notice has made gradual improvements between his freshman and sophomore seasons, which North Pole Hoops saw first hand, observing his work outs in the off season.
Complimenting his enhanced shooting, Notice is able to slash and use his strength in the lane.
South Carolina’s team defense is one of the best in the country, allowing only 57.9 ppg. Tonight they will be tested by one of the best scoring teams in the country.
Civil War -Oregon Ducks VS Oregon State Beavers
Dillon Brooks and Malcolm Duvivier have not played against each other since the 2013 OFSAA Finals in Windsor where St Mike’s capture the provincial high school title.
Today Brooks’ Ducks and Duvivier’s Beavers clash in a conference rivalry known as Civil War at 8:00 pm in Matthew Knight Arena.
Both Brooks and Duvivier are off to strong starts in their respective collegiate careers in the Pac 12 conference; Brooks averaging 14.5 pgg, 5.6 rpb and 2.5 apg.
Duvivier, in his sophomore year, is up five points from his freshman season, averaging 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.7 apg.