Nicked-up Saskatchewan Huskies men’s basketball looking at top four

The Saskatchewan Huskies men’s basketball team currently sits seventh in Canada West, six points behind the third-place Alberta Golden Bears.

Despite their 9-7 record, the Dogs currently rank fifth in the conference RPI (rating percentage index) standings, which are used to seed the top-12 teams once the regular season ends.

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If the Huskies manage to pick up a few more wins heading into the playoffs, they could end up with a first-round bye and home-court advantage in the second round.

“It’d be big for us right now because a couple guys are kind of nicked up,” fifth-year Huskies forward Joseph Barker said.

“Everyone’s playing through injuries right now so it’d be nice to get a week to just health up, prepare and go into the next week ready to play.”

Barker, a Saskatoon native, will play his final regular-season games at the Physical Activity Complete (PAC) this weekend.

The Huskies host the Golden Bears at 8 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday.

The U Sports teams haven’t met this season but Alberta defeated Saskatchewan in both meetings during the 2017-18 season.

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