In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s GrouponLive deal to the Ontario University Athletics Wilson Cup Final Four, presented by Recharge with Milk at the Physical Activities Complex at the University of Waterloo. For $10, you get one weekend pass for general admission to all three games (a $20 value). Passes include one general-admission seat at each of the following games:
- Semifinal round one on Friday, March 2, at 6 p.m.
- Semifinal round two on Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m.
- Final on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m.<p>
From now until March, provincial league play will winnow down the 16 Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball teams to a group of four well-oiled basketball machines, one of which will collect the coveted Wilson Cup. Meanwhile, the cameras of The Score TV network will stay trained on the action, tracking teams that have a chance to clinch a berth in the National Championship. Among the possible contenders, the Carleton Ravens hope to reclaim the title for the fourth time in five years, heading toward the playoffs after clinching the Eastern Conference and earning the respect of the curmudgeonly fortune cookie that told them they couldn’t. Last year’s champions the Lakehead Thunderwolves fight for their position atop the Western conference in the season’s closing games while prepping to plow through the playoffs. The old-school wooden bleachers of the University of Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex intensify the heady air of collegiate competition and make it easier for fans to cheer on their favourites by doing the worm.