CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Carleton, Windsor open at No. 1 in basketball

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning national champion CarletonUniversity Ravens and University of Windsor Lancers top the firstCIS men’s and women’s basketball rankings of the2012-13 season, respectively.

The first CIS swimming rankings were also announced on Tuesdaywith Montreal (women) and Toronto (men) taking the early lead.

In other CIS sports, only men’s hockey has a new nationalleader this week as the Saskatchewan Huskies replace UNB at No.

1.In other disciplines, Ottawa (women’s soccer), York(men’s soccer), Calgary (women’s hockey), TrinityWestern (women’s volleyball), Alberta (men’svolleyball) and Guelph (women’s & men’s crosscountry) all hold on to the pole position.

In men’s basketball, Carleton opens at No. 1 for theseventh straight campaign and for the 10th time in the last 11years. The Ravens claimed their record-tying eighth W.P. McGeeTrophy (all in the last 10 years) last march in Halifax thanks toan 86-67 gold-medal win over Alberta. They will have a chance tobecome the most decorated team in CIS men’s basketballhistory in front of their home fans this winter when they host theFinal 8 in the nation’s capital (March 8-10).

The top-ranked Ravens, who received 43 of 44 first-place votesin the initial coaches’ poll, are off to a great start onceagain this fall with eight victories in nine pre-season contests,including a 2-1 record versus NCAA opponents and a 6-0 mark againstCIS rivals. The defending champs travel south this week for twomore exhibition games against U.S. schools, Villanova (Thursday)and La Salle (Friday), before opening the regular season at Windsorand Western on Nov. 9-10.

Rounding out the first Top 10 of the season are the No. 2 UBCThunderbirds, who earned the remaining first-place nod, as well asNo. 3 Acadia, No. 4 Fraser Valley, No. 5 Saskatchewan, No. 6Lakehead, No. 7 McGill, No. 8 Cape Breton, No. 9 Windsor and No. 10Alberta.

In women’s hoops, Windsor opens at No. 1 for the secondtime in three years, seven months after claiming a second straightBronze Baby Trophy thanks to a 69-53 defeat of UBC in the nationalfinal.

Like the Carleton men, the Lancers have been impressive inpre-season action with six victories in seven contests, all againstCIS opponents. After winning their first five games this fall, thereigning champs split a two-game set against the Regina Cougars inSaskatchewan’s capital last weekend, taking the opener 69-57and dropping a 74-63 decision in the rematch. Windsor hits the roadto face Oakland University of the NCAA on Saturday in its finalexhibition test before opening conference play at home againstCarleton and Ottawa on Nov. 9-10.

The Lancers received 41 first-place votes in the firstcoaches’ poll of the campaign, with the other two nods goingto the second-ranked Cougars, who will host this year’s CISchampionship from March 15 to 17.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 3 Fraser Valley, No. 4 Carleton,No. 5 Saint Mary’s, No. 6 Saskatchewan, No. 7 Victoria, No. 8Acadia, No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier and No. 10 UBC.

League play kicks off later this week in CIS men’s andwomen’s basketball with 32 games in Canada West and fourmatches in the AUS. Conference action gets under way a week laterin the RSEQ and OUA.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Windsor (0-0) / 514 points (41) / (-)
2. Regina (0-0) / 446 (2) / (-)
3. Fraser Valley (0-0) / 429 / (-)
4. Carleton (0-0) / 393 / (-)
5. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 300 / (-)
6. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 230 / (-)
7. Victoria (0-0) / 195 / (-)
8. Acadia (0-0) / 191 / (-)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (0-0) / 188 / (-)
10. UBC (0-0) / 79 / (-)

Also receiving votes: Ottawa (78), Alberta (74), Calgary (63),Laval (48).

MEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Carleton (0-0) / 526 points (43) / (-)
2. UBC (0-0) / 457 (1) / (-)
3. Acadia (0-0) / 338 / (-)
4. Fraser Valley (0-0) / 320 / (-)
5. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 314 / (-)
6. Lakehead (0-0) / 313 / (-)
7. McGill (0-0) / 309 / (-)
8. Cape Breton (0-0) / 150 / (-)
9. Windsor (0-0) / 131 / (-)
10. Alberta (0-0) / 87 / (-)

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. McMaster 85 / (2)
3. Victoria 78.9 / (3)
4. Western 62.2 / (5)
5. McGill 61.1 / (4)
6. Calgary 38.9 / (7)
7. Toronto 33.9 / (6)
8. Windsor 29.4 / (NR)
9. StFX 25.0 / (9)
10. Queen’s 11.7 / (8)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 99.4 points / (1)
2. Victoria 83.5 / (2)
3. Windsor 77.6 / (3)
4. Queen’s 57.6 / (5)
5. Regina 54.7 / (7)
6. Laval 51.8 / (4)
7. McMaster 45.3 / (6)
8. StFX 24.1 / (8)
9. Calgary 22.4 / (9)
10. Lakehead 11.2 / (NR)

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. Calgary (7-0-1) / (1)
2. McGill (4-0-0) / (2)
3. Montreal (4-0-0) / (3)
4. Alberta (7-1-0) / (4)
5. StFX (5-0-0) / (5)
6. Queen’s (7-0-1) / (6)
7. Wilfrid Laurier (6-1-1) / (7)
8. Guelph (5-2-1) / (8)
9. Toronto (6-1-1) / (NR)
10. Western (5-1-1) / (10)

Also receiving votes: Regina, Lethbridge, St. Thomas.

MEN’S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Saskatchewan (7-1-0) / 159 points (15) / (2)
2. Alberta (5-3-0) / 129 / (4)
3. Moncton (4-1-1) / 124 / (6)
4. UNB (4-2-0) / 121 / (1)
5. UQTR (5-2-0) / 102 / (3)
6. Acadia (4-2-0) / 90 / (7)
7. StFX (4-2-0) / 64 / (5)
8. Lakehead (5-2-1) / 50 / (8)
9. Toronto (5-0-1) / 48 (2) / (NR)
10. Calgary (5-3-0) / 30 / (9)

Also receiving votes: Ottawa (7), Manitoba (4), Windsor (4),Waterloo (2), Western (1).

WOMEN’S SOCCER (final rankings of 2012)
(regular season / playoff record) / votes / (previousrankings)

1. Ottawa (14-0-2 / 1-0) / 50 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western (11-1-0 / 1-0) / 43 / (3)
3. Montreal (11-2-1) / 37 / (2)
4. Victoria (9-2-1 / 1-0) / 34 / (5)
5. Cape Breton (10-0-3) / 33 / (4)
6. Wilfrid Laurier (11-2-3 / 1-0) / 28 / (6)
7. Queen’s (11-2-3 / 1-0) / 17 / (7)
8. UBC (8-2-2 / 1-0) / 16 / (8)
9. Sherbrooke (10-3-1) / 10 / (9)
10. McGill (9-3-2) / 3 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Dalhousie (2), McMaster (1), Regina(1).

MEN’S SOCCER (final rankings of 2012)
(regular season / playoff record) / votes / (previousrankings)

1. York (14-0-2 / 1-0) / 40 points / (1)
2. UBC (11-0-3) / 36 / (2)
3. McMaster (12-1-3 / 1-0) / 32 / (4)
4. Alberta (9-2-4) / 27 / (5)
5. Queen’s (11-1-2 / 1-0) / 23 / (6)
6. Trinity Western (9-1-4) / 17 / (7)
7. Saint Mary’s (8-2-3) / 15 / (3)
8. Montreal (10-2-0) / 13 / (9)
9. Laval (7-1-4) / 7 / (8)
T10. Carleton (10-2-2 / 1-0) / 5 / (10)
T10. UNB (9-3-1) / 5 / (NR)

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Montreal 507 points / (-)
2. McGill 354 / (-)
3. Calgary 344 / (-)
4. Toronto 343 / (-)
5. McMaster 156 / (-)
6. UQTR 145 / (-)
7. Guelph 136 / (-)
8. Laval 135 / (-)
9. Alberta 132 / (-)
10. Ottawa 123 / (-)

MEN’S SWIMMING
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Toronto 585 points / (-)
2. Calgary 470 / (-)
3. Laval 453 / (-)
4. Montreal 290 / (-)
5. McGill 247 / (-)
6. Regina 182 / (-)
7. Ottawa 169 / (-)
8. Alberta 150 / (-)
9. McMaster 137 / (-)
10. Dalhousie 78 / (-)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)

1. Trinity Western (1-1) / 58.5 points / (1)
2. UBC (1-1) / 57.5 / (2)
3. Alberta (2-0) / 52 / (3)
4. Laval (4-0) / 46 / (4)
5. Manitoba (1-0) / 45 / (5)
6. Ottawa (4-0) / 41 / (6)
7. Montreal (3-1) / 33 / (NR)
8. Dalhousie (2-2) / 32 / (7)
9. York (4-0) / 24 / (NR)
10. Calgary (1-1) / 22 / (10)

Next highest: Sherbrooke (16.5), Toronto (16), UBCO (11),Brandon (11), Winnipeg (5).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Alberta (2-0) / 269 points (26) / (1)
2. Trinity Western (1-1) / 227 (2) / (2)
3. McMaster (3-0) / 201 / (3)
4. Manitoba (1-0) / 194 / (5)
5. Laval (3-0) / 189 / (4)
6. Brandon (2-0) / 137 / (6)
7. UBC (1-1) / 113 / (9)
8. Saskatchewan (0-2) / 74 / (7)
9. Calgary (1-1) / 39 / (8)
10. Thompson Rivers (2-0) / 35 / (NR)

-CIS-

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