Basketball Mariners play U.S. squad

It’s not quite March Madness, but it’s at least August Madness. For the second time this month, the Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s basketball team is hosting an NCAA team at the VIU gym.

It’s not quite March Madness, but it’s at least August Madness. For the second time this month, the Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s basketball team is hosting an NCAA team at the VIU gym.

This time it’s Div. 3 team Whitman College of Walla Walla, Wash., visiting Nanaimo to play the M’s tonight (Aug. 27). The Whits are thought to have a good chance this year at winning their conference and qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament.

Tonight’s tipoff is 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for kids.