NANAIMO — It's still almost a month before the VIU Mariners men's basketball team opens the season with an island rivalry game against Camosun.
Preparations have been underway since since the school year started with a busy practice schedule and four preseason games already in the books.
Head Coach Matt Kuzminski says the team has looked good at times but injuries have led to some inconsistencies.
On the plus side he's had a chance to look at a number of players in different roles.
This weekend VIU welcomes UNBC for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.
Kuzminski and the Mariners are expecting to have their full roster available for the first time.
It will be a final chance to play in the VIU gym before the team wraps their exhibition schedule with a series of games against US college teams.
When the squad opens on November 9 Kuzminski says they will have their sights set on a national championship.
"That's our vision but we emphasize the process and the day to day improvement with practice and training," said Kuzminski.
The VIU women's team will also be in action on Friday.
They'll be playing an alumni game at 5 p.m with the men's game against UNBC to follow at 7 p.m.
Saturday's men's contest is a 5 p.m tip off.
At the end of October the men will be taking part in an alumni weekend of their own on the 26th and 27th.
Also this weekend the Mariners soccer teams play their final home matches of the regular season.
They'll face Langara Saturday and Douglas College on Sunday with the games starting at noon both days at Merle Logan Field.
The Mariners rugby team plays as well with a matchup against Victoria Friday at 5 p.m. at May Bennett Pioneer Park.
Both VIU teams start the PACWEST Volleyball season on the road against their island rivals at Camosun, and the Mariners hockey team travels to Trinity Western and SFU.
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