OTTAWA (CIS) – For the sixth time in eight years, the reigning four-time national champion Carleton University Ravens are seeded number one heading into the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball championship.
Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index
The seeding was announced Sunday for the Final 8, hosted by Ryerson University at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. The eight-team tournament gets underway Thursday and culminates next Sunday at 3 p.m. with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE.
Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 (6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.), while all other games from the competition are set to air on Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports + and Super Sports Pak. All 11 contests will also be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
Joining the newly-crowned OUA champion Ravens in the quest for the W.P. McGee Trophy will be the second-seeded Windsor Lancers (OUA finalists), No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists), No. 4 Victoria Vikes (Canada West champs), No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champs), No. 6 Bishop’s Gaiters (RSEQ champs), No. 7 Ryerson Rams (OUA 4th-place finishers) and No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West finalists).
Thursday’s quarter-final matchups include Saskatchewan vs. Carleton in the opener at 11 a.m., followed by Dalhousie vs. Victoria at 1 p.m., host Ryerson vs. Windsor at 6 p.m., and Bishop’s vs. Ottawa in the 8 p.m. nightcap.
Carleton earned No. 1 status following a resounding 103-59 win over Windsor in Saturday night’s OUA final. The Ravens, who went 17-2 in the regular season and 3-0 in the conference playoffs, hope to add to their own record of 10 W.P. McGee Trophy titles.
Ottawa received the at-large berth (wildcard) following a vote by a committee of CIS coaches. The Gee-Gees, who reached the national final for the first time in program history a year ago, settled for bronze at this weekend’s OUA Final Four held in their own gym but posted the best record in the country in league play (18-1) and were ranked first or second in all 13 weekly coaches’ polls this season.
Victoria ranks second all-time in McGee Trophy triumphs with eight. Windsor has five, Bishop’s and Saskatchewan have one apiece, while Ottawa, Dalhousie and Ryerson are looking for their first CIS banner.
NOTES: All Wednesday practices at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at open to the media, starting at 9 a.m (detailed schedule below)… A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday... The All-Canadian Awards Show & Gala is set for Wednesday evening at Uniun Nightclub (473 Adelaide St. West).
1. Carleton Ravens (OUA champions: 17-2 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
2. Windsor Lancers (OUA finalists: 15-5 regular season / 3-1 playoffs)
3. Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists: 18-1 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
4. Victoria Vikes (CWUAA champions: 15-5 regular season / 4-0 playoffs)
5. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions: 10-10 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
6. Bishop’s Gaiters (RSEQ champions: 8-8 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
7. Ryerson Rams (OUA 4th place: 17-2 regular season / 1-2 playoffs)
8. Saskatchewan Huskies (CWUAA finalists: 15-5 regular season / 3-2 playoffs)
Wednesday, March 11 (practices at Mattamy Centre: OPEN TO MEDIA)
9:00 QF 1 TBD (Saskatchewan)
10:00 QF 1 TBD (Carleton)
11:00 QF 2 TBD (Dalhousie)
12:00 QF 2 TBD (Victoria)
13:00 QF 3 TBD (Ryerson)
14:00 QF 3 TBD (Windsor)
15:00 QF 4 TBD (Bishop’s)
16:00 QF 4 TBD (Ottawa)
Thursday, March 12
11:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 8 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Carleton (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
13:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 5 Dalhousie vs. No. 4 Victoria (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 7 Ryerson vs. No. 2 Windsor (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 6 Bishop’s vs. No. 3 Ottawa (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
Friday, March 13
14:00 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
16:00 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
Saturday, March 14
14:00 5th-place game (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
18:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) **
20:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) **
Sunday, March 15
11:30 Bronze (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
15:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) **
* Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports +, Super Sports Pak.
** The webcast of the semifinals & final are on pay-per-view basis.
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