by Michel Bélanger
March 2, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – For the first time in program history, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees are seeded number one heading into the 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 tournament gets under way Friday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa and culminates next Sunday at 2 p.m. with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet.
Sportsnet also has live coverage of Saturday’s semifinals at 6 and 8 p.m., on Sportsnet 360. All 10 games from the competition – including televised contests – will be webcast live on 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 and second-seeded Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists), as well as the No. 3 Alberta 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 McMaster Marauders (OUA bronze medallists) and No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West bronze medallists).
In Friday’s quarter-finals, Alberta will battle Saint Mary’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 Ottawa vs. Saskatchewan in the 8 p.m. nightcap.
Carleton was ranked No. 1 in the country all season, with archrival Ottawa following in second place in each of the last 11 weekly national polls. However, the Gee-Gees handed the Ravens their first loss of the campaign in Saturday’s OUA final, erasing a 10-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation to prevail 78-77.
Saskatchewan received the at-large berth (wildcard) following a vote by a committee of CIS coaches. The Huskies were ranked in all but one poll in 2013-14 and, after posting a 15-7 record in league play, claimed the Canada West bronze medal with a 3-1 playoff mark.
Top-ranked Ottawa will be looking to capture its first-ever CIS title 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, Saint Mary’s twice and Saskatchewan once.
NOTES: All Thursday practices at Canadian Tire Centre at open to the media, starting at 9 a.m…. A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday… The CIS all-Canadians and major award winners will be announced on Wednesday morning (note: no awards reception)… All-Canadians and major award winners will be honoured at centre court at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday evening between the third and fourth quarter-finals.
- 1. Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA champions: 20-2 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
- 2. Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists: 22-0 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
- 3. Alberta Golden Bears (CWUAA champions: 20-2 regular season / 4-1 playoffs)
- 4. Victoria Vikes (CWUAA finalists: 19-3 regular season / 3-2 playoffs)
- 5. McGill Redmen (RSEQ champions: 14-2 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
- 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 regular season / 3-1 playoffs)
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)
Thursday, March 6 (55-minute practices at Canadian Tire Centre)
- 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
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final) will be on pay-per-view basis.