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The Manitoba Bisons men's basketball team are the Canada West silver medalist after the 2017 Canada West Final Four on March 3-4 weekend. The squad is the sixth seed for the 2017 U SPORTS Men's Basketball Championship being held from March 9-12 in Halifax.

The Bisons (regular season: 12-8 record; playoffs: 5-1) will play against the #3 seed McGill Redmen (13-3 regular season; 2-0 playoffs) in their first match on Thursday, March 9 at 12 p.m. CT. Manitoba has not played the 2017 RSEQ (Quebec Student Sport Federation - Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) champion this season and have not met them during the national championship.

This is the first time the Bisons has qualified for the U SPORTS championships since the 1985-86 season (counting regional championship) and eighth appearance. In 1986, the Bisons lost in a regional championship to Saskatchewan and overall in program's history have won one championship (1975-76), two silver medals (1970-71, 1974-75), two bronze medals (1973-74, 1984-85) and a sixth place finish (1977-78).


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2017 U SPORTS Men's Basketball Championship seeding:
1. Ryerson
2. Carleton
3. McGill
4. Alberta
5. Dalhousie
6. Manitoba
7. Calgary
8. Saint Mary's

Thursday, March 9 (all times are Central Time)
10 a.m. #2 Carleton vs. #7 Calgary    
12 p.m. #6 Manitoba vs. #3 McGill
4 p.m. #1 Ryerson vs. #8 Saint Mary's    
6 p.m. #4 Alberta vs. #5 Dalhousie

Friday, March 10
4 p.m.  Consolation Semi Final #1    
6 p.m.    Consolation Semi Final #2

Saturday, March 11
11 a.m. Semi Final #1            
1:30 p.m. Semi Final #2
6 p.m. Consolation Final

Sunday, March 12
9:30 a.m. Bronze medal game        
12 p.m. Gold medal game

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2017/3/5/general-bison-mens-basketball-team-is-6th-seed-for-2017-u-sports-mens-basketball-championship-in-halifax.aspx
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