#1 Carleton (13-0, 7-0)... After watching Laurier’s 6’1″ Tevaun Kokko light them up in the first half Friday night, Ravens woke up and dominated the final three halves of play over the weekend, leaving Waterloo with a pair of 30+ point victories. While a pair of fifth-year guards: 6’2″ Kaza Keene and 6’4″ Connor Wood continue to provide most of the offense, 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor continues to steadily get comfortable and Carleton got a nice second-half effort from 6’4″ Joe Rocca to help them pull away from Laurier. Ravens host Laurentian and Nipissing this weekend.
#2 Ottawa (16-1, 7-0)... Two stellar defensive efforts and all-Canadian-type games from 6’3″ Caleb Agada highlighted the Gee-Gees weekend in Waterloo. When right, Ottawa may be the defensive team in the country; certainly Gee-Gees came away with 3 comfortable wins out east at the Shoveller tournament in Halifax over the holidays and with the continued maturation of 5’11” sophomore guard Calvin Epistola likely have added another piece to their rotation. Gee-Gees have now won 16 in a row after their opening night loss at UQAM back in late September.
#3 Ryerson (11-2, 9-0)... In a ranking that could be viewed with some skepticism/eastern bias, Rams have been dominant in their league play and remain undefeated. Admittedly, the schedule has been less than challenging and won’t be until Ryerson hosts McMaster and travels to Brock in late January, but 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa and 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly may be the best one-two offensive punch in the country and the rapid development of 6’5″ freshman Keevon Small adds another high-end rotation player to a team that gets out in transition, makes 3’s and creates turnovers with their “d”. Ryerson has road games at Queen’s on Friday and at York on Saturday.
#4 UBC (15-1, 9-1)... Thunderbirds bounced back solidly from their first loss of the season at Saskatchewan on Friday night with a decisive win on Saturday in Saskatoon as 6’9″ Conor Morgan blew up with 30 points including several big 3’s, flashing his All-Canadian talents. UBC now hosts Alberta Golden Bears in Vancouver for a pair of important games atop Canada West standings.
#5 Calgary (13-2, 8-2)… Dinos suffered their second home loss of the season on Saturday night in an entertaining affair against Alberta after knocking off the Golden Bears in Edmonton on Thursday night. 6’5″ Thomas Cooper was held in relative check on Saturday by a swarming Golden Bears “d” and Dinos could not get big stops when it counted down the stretch. Calgary host Fraser Valley on Thursday and Friday continuing their CW league play.
#6 Alberta (18-4, 11-1)... Golden Bears have proved to now that they are legitimate Canada West contenders with three key road league wins at Manitoba (2x) and now at Calgary. Coach Barnaby Craddock should be commended for the adjustments made on Dinos star Thomas Cooper and company; except for a 4 minute stretch when Calgary made four 3’s late in the second quarter, Golden Bears “d” was stellar. 6’1″ Austin Waddoups and 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye bounced back with huge efforts last night. Bears continue their stretch of difficult games this weekend in Vancouver against UBC.
#7 Dalhousie (15-5, 6-2)… Tigers are a bit banged up after their road win at UPEI on Saturday which they led by 20 going into the fourth quarter and held off the Panthers late. 6’6″ freshman Alex Carson is currently on the shelf nursing a groin injury that is having trouble healing but good news that 6’2″ Cedric Sanogo has started practicing again although there is no timetable on his return. 6’0″ Ritchie Kanza-Mata again displayed his all-AUS defensive skills on Saturday, holding down Panthers star 6’2″ guard Tyler Scott to just 13 points that included several late in the fourth quarter.
#8 Brock (10-4, 5-3)… Badgers had an impressive road win Friday night at Laurentian but unfortunately struggled to close the weekend, losing a late lead and succumbing at Nipissing for what Brock will regard as a disappointing weekend split. Part of the recent inconsistency from the Badgers could be traced to their reigning All-Canadian 6’7″ Dani Elgadi, who went just 5-16 from the floor in the loss to the Lakers and simply has not had a dominant offensive season as of yet. Brock stays on the road this weekend with a pair of games against the scrappy, albeit disappointing up-to-now Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay.
#9 Saskatchewan (10-5, 6-4)... This ranking may also be a bit eye-opening however a decisive win against a Top 3 team UBC certainly is worthy of consideration for a ranking, especially now that 6’6″ Matt Forbes appears to be back to normal. 6’2″ U.S. import Lawrence Moore flashed some potential on the weekend but struggled to score the ball and Huskies were also without 6’2″ sophomore Chan DeCiman this past weekend. This is a roster capable of playing with any of the other top 5 teams in Canada West.
#10 McGill (10-4, 4-2)... Redmen remain the best of an unfortunately ordinary lot in the Quebec league where playing each team four times wears all teams down mentally and physically, a situation not helped by the inordinate amount of hand-checking, banging and general football-esque play that goes unpunished in a typical game. McGill is now without their starting point guard 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin who had just taken that next step toward being a higher-end point for the Redmen. Jolin injured a calf muscle on Wednesday against Laval and there is no timetable on his return. McGill travels to Boston to meet NCAA Division 1 Harvard Crimson (Ivy League) for a non-conference game on Tuesday night before returning to Montreal for a home-and-home against UQAM Citadins.