Now that the the CIS basketball championship is in Ottawa, the AUS championship is the biggest college game in town. They’ll be at the Metrocentre March 7, 8 and 9th and Benoit will be the “chairmen” of the tournament. Hopefully that’s not where the Rainmen’s involvement ends.
I think there are two reasons why the Rainmen should see this weekend as a great opportunity:
1) Scouting If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year it’s that top CIS players can compete at this level of minor league basketball. Benoit and Oliver have both held their ownn and are key players for the Rainmen, and they’d been out of high level competition for years. Fortier in Quebec has been putting up huge numbers against every team which shows that stars in the CIS can make the leap to the lower level minor leagues and still put up huge numbers. (if anything, Fortier’s numbers are better). CBU, X, and Acadia all have players who seem like they could be forces at the CIS tournament, Levingston would be wise to take a look at them.
2) Marketing I’d love to see the the organization helping to provide entertainment. Get the weather girls out there dancing during timeouts during the weekend, maybe have a halftime slam dunk display with Rainmen players or something. There definately needs to be ticket give aways and the players need to be out and about in the Metrocentre. Obviously this shouldn’t distract from the university players and games, but this is a great opportunity.
With Memorial’s mens team being terrible this year and no where near the finals. I would assume that we can see any Rainmen in the building there cheering for St. Fx.