During the summer of 2012, incoming Bears basketball coach guaranteed a national championship for his team in the current season. We then launched a weekly “Craddock Watch,” where The Wanderer details the progress made toward that goal.
In the last version of Craddock Watch, the Bears’ hopes for a CIS title looked decent, with consecutive weekend wins over Lethbridge. Two days ago, the team faced their first major exam, a midterm-esque match versus the top 10-ranked Victoria Vikes. In convincing fashion, the Bears claimed a 35-point win, sending Victoria off to Saskatchewan with some painful bumps and bruises. One day later, the #1 team in the CIS, the UBC T-birds, entered the Go Centre. In a potential CIS title game match-up, Rob Dewar, Jordan Baker and the rest of the squad prevailed by the narrowest of margins, 68-66. The game was a topsy-turvy match, with UBC dominating the first quarter, before a decisive comeback by the Bears in the following quarter.
Barnaby Craddock’s team has now won four straight games, all against respectable opponents. The team’s season record is 7-1 for tops in the Canada West. Considering how the Golden Bears smashed Victoria like a Ben Stiller spike to the face in Meet the Parents, as well as the two-point squeaker against Canada’s #1 team, CIS voters should consider a top-5 voire (that’s a French word) top top-3 ranking for the Edmonton side.
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