OUA announces new schedule and playoff structure for basketball

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Source: OUA communications

GRAVENHURST, Ont. – The Ontario University Athletics (OUA)basketball schedule will move to a four division format beginningin 2014-15, after a motion was passed by the Board of Directors aspart of the Annual General Meeting.

As a result of the divisional re-alignment the OUA will alsointroduce a new playoff structure which will enhance competitionfor overall seeding throughout the league’s regular season.

Twelve of the seventeen teams will qualify for the revisedplayoff format, which will feature a Final Four for both men andwomen the weekend of March 6-8, leading up to the new CISchampionship weekend which will take place March 12-15. The FinalFour will be hosted by the highest remaining seed after the OUAquarter finals are complete.

“This structure allows the best teams to advance to the OUAFinal Fours and CIS championships, while introducing the excitementof a bracket style playoff,” said interim OUA Executive DirectorBryan Crawford regarding the decision. “Every game matters, and weare excited to continue to feature some of the nation’s topbasketball programs.”

The new alignment of teams will compete under the West, Central,East, and North banners. The West division will be a five-teamgrouping (Algoma, Waterloo, Western, Wilfrid Laurier, Windsor),including double-header weekends in Sault Ste. Marie against theThunderbirds within an eight game home-at-home schedule within thedivision. The West will also play a single game against teams fromthe Central, East, and North, totalling 20 games.

The remaining three divisions consist of four teams playing a 19game schedule. The Central division (Brock, Guelph, Lakehead,McMaster) will play double-header weekends at Lakehead. The Northdivision (Carleton, Laurentian, Nipissing, Ottawa) will feature theleague’s newest team as the Nipissing Lakers join competition,while the East division (Queen’s, Ryerson, Toronto, York) willenhance some traditional OUA rivalries.

The top three teams from each OUA division will qualify for thepostseason. All twelve qualifying teams, regardless of divisionposition, will be ranked based on RPI to determine the playoffbracket. The RPI rankings will be calculated and applied by the OUAbased on regular season results against the other playoff teams.The top four teams based on the rankings will be awarded byesthrough the first round of the playoffs.

The regular season will tip off the week of November 5,featuring four weeks of play before the December exam break. Theseason will continue over seven weeks in the winter, closingFebruary 21. The full regular season schedule will be released thefirst week of June.

Round 1
OUA Preliminary Round – Wednesday February 25th,2015
9 @ 8
10 @ 7
11 @ 6
12 @ 5

1-4 receive bye

Round 2
OUA Quarter Finals – Saturday February 28th, 2015
Winner 9 vs. 8 @ 1 (QFA)
Winner 7 vs. 10 @ 2 (QFB)
Winner 6 vs. 11 @ 3 (QFC)
Winner 5 vs. 12 @ 4 (QFD)

Round 3 & 4
OUA Final Four @ Highest Remaining Seed – Friday March6th & Saturday March 7th, 2015

Round 3
Winner QFA vs. winner QFD
Winner QFB vs. winner QFC

Round 4
OUA Championship

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