2014 CIS men’s basketball championship: Gee-Gees seeded No. 1, Saskatchewan earns wildcard


OTTAWA (CIS) – For the first time in program history, theUniversity of Ottawa Gee-Gees are seeded number one heading intothe CIS men’s basketball championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The seeding was announced Sunday night for the CIS Final 8,hosted by Carleton University. The single-elimination tournamentgets under way Friday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa andculminates next Sunday at 2 p.m.

with the gold-medal final, live onSportsnet.

Sportsnet also has live coverage of Saturday’s semifinalsat 6 and 8 p.m., on Sportsnet 360. All 10 games from thecompetition – including televised contests – will be webcast liveon www.CIS-SIC.tv.

Joining the OUA champion Gee-Gees in the quest for the W.P.McGee Trophy will be the reigning three-time national champion andsecond-seeded Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists), as well as the No. 3Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West champions), No. 4 Victoria Vikes(Canada West finalists), No. 5 McGill Redmen (RSEQ champions), No.6 Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS champions), No. 7 McMasterMarauders (OUA bronze medallists) and No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies(Canada West bronze medallists).

In Friday’s quarter-finals, Alberta will battle SaintMary’s in the 12:30 p.m. opener, followed by Carleton vs.McMaster at 2:30 p.m., Victoria vs. McGill at 5:30 p.m., and Ottawavs. Saskatchewan in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

Carleton was ranked No. 1 in the country all season, witharchrival Ottawa following in second place in each of the last 11weekly national polls. However, the Gee-Gees handed the Ravenstheir first loss of the campaign in Saturday’s OUA final,erasing a 10-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulationto prevail 78-77.

Top-ranked Ottawa will be looking to capture its first-ever CIStitle next weekend, while Carleton claimed a record ninth W.P.McGee Trophy a year ago, breaking a tie with Victoria.

Alberta has been crowned three times, SaintMary’s four times and Saskatchewan once.

Saskatchewan received the at-large berth (wildcard) following avote by a committee of CIS coaches. The Huskies were ranked in allbut one poll in 2013-14 and, after posting a 15-7 record in leagueplay, claimed the Canada West bronze medal with a 3-1 playoffmark.

NOTES: All Thursday practices at Canadian Tire Centre at open tothe media, starting at 9 a.m…. A complete championship previewwill follow on Tuesday… The CIS all-Canadians and major awardwinners will be announced on Wednesday morning (note: no awardsreception)… All-Canadians and major award winners will behonoured at centre court at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday eveningbetween the third and fourth quarter-finals.


1. Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA champions: 20-2 regular season / 3-0playoffs)
2. Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists: 22-0 regular season / 2-1playoffs)
3. Alberta Golden Bears (CWUAA champions: 20-2 regular season / 4-1playoffs)
4. Victoria Vikes (CWUAA finalists: 19-3 regular season / 3-2playoffs)
5. McGill Redmen (RSEQ champions: 14-2 regular season / 2-0playoffs)
6. Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS champions: 14-6 regular season /2-0 playoffs)
7. McMaster Marauders (OUA bronze medallists: 18-4 regular season /2-1 playoffs)
8. Saskatchewan Huskies (CWUAA bronze medallists: 15-7 regularseason / 3-1 playoffs)


Thursday, March 6 (55-minute practices at Canadian TireCentre)
9:00 QF 1 TBD (Saint Mary’s or Alberta)
10:00 QF 1 TBD (Saint Mary’s or Alberta)
11:00 QF 2 TBD (McMaster or Carleton)
12:00 QF 2 TBD (McMaster or Carleton)
13:00 QF 3 TBD (McGill or Victoria)
14:00 QF 3 TBD (McGill or Victoria)
15:00 QF 4 TBD (Saskatchewan or Ottawa)
16:00 QF 4 TBD (Saskatchewan or Ottawa)

Friday, March 7
12:30 Quarter-final 1: No. 6 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 3 Alberta(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:30 Quarter-final 2: No. 7 McMaster vs. No. 2 Carleton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
17:30 Quarter-final 3: No. 5 McGill vs. No. 4 Victoria (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 8 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Ottawa (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, March 8
12:30 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
20:00 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)

Sunday, March 9
10:30 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:00 Final (Sportsnet / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)

* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals &final) will be on pay-per-view basis.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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