Island basketball product Ryan MacKinnon is at the heart of the No. 6 ranked UVic Vikes team.

Vikes Shoot for the Cure, shoot for playoff certainty

UVic Vikes host final leg of CIS' 43-school fundraising Shoot for the Cure event, Friday Feb. 17 vs. UBC Thunderbirds

If tonight’s (Feb. 17) UVic Vikes men’s and women’s basketball games needed an added buzz, they got it.

UVic is hosting the final leg of the 2011-12 Shoot for the Cure campaign, the last of all 43 CIS schools.

It falls on a must-win game for the Vikes women. If they’re going to make the playoffs, the Vikes need to defeat the UBC Thunderbirds.

UVic’s men’s team has fared better this season but to start the playoffs at home, they too need to beat the Thunderbirds.

It’s a weekend of high-calibre hoops, as the Vikes men are ranked No. 6 in the country, UBC’s men are ranked No. 5 and UBC’s women are ranked No. 4.

In the 2010-11 season, CIS schools raised over $140,000 to fight breast cancer.

Tip-off is 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men at UVic’s McKinnon Gymnasium.