#1/LW #1 Carleton (21-0, 15-0, Last 10: 10-0, Streak: Won 21)… Ravens were not as dominating at Friday’s Capital Hoops Classic but still defeated #3 Ottawa by 13. Carleton is now virtually certain to finish first in OUA RPI and be in a position to host the Wilson Cup Final 4 during the first weekend in March. Ravens are at Queen’s and at York this coming weekend prior to finishing the season at home against Ryerson and U of T.
#2 UBC/LW #2 (23-1, 17-1, Last 10: 9-1, Streak: Won 9)… Swept UNBC including Senior’s Night trouncing last night. 6’9″ Conor Morgan making his pitch for the Moser with 39 points on Friday. However, given the imbalanced Canada West schedule (and thanks to Martin Timmerman’s RPI tool) and UBC’s relatively weaker overall slate, there are virtually no remaining scenarios that would have the Thunderbirds finish first in Canada West RPI. Thus, despite what is likely to be a one-loss season, UBC will, assuming a first-round playoff victory, most likely play the Canada West Final 4 on the road away from War Memorial Gym. T-Birds finish the season next weekend at last place Trinity Western.
#3 Ottawa/LW #3 (22-3, 13-2, Last 10: 8-2, Streak: Lost 1)… Gee-Gees stayed in Friday’s Capital Hoops Classic until mid-way through the third quarter before their perimeter shooting woes caught up. Ottawa travels to Toronto to face York on Friday before moving east to Kingston to face Queen’s.
#4 Calgary/LW #5 (19-4, 14-4, Last 10: 7-3, Streak: Won 2)… Swept a pair of road games at Thompson Rivers and Dinos appear set to finish either 2 or 3 in the CW RPI pending this weekend’s action as Alberta’s win at Sask hurt Calgary’s chances. Dinos finish at home to MacEwan for two games and will get a first round playoff bye.
#5 Brock/LW #7 (17-5, 12-4, Last 10: 8-2, Streak: Won 7)… Badgers pushed their winning streak to 7 and continue to get superlative efforts from 6’7″ Dani Elgadi who flirted with a triple-double against Laurier on Saturday. 6’7″ Cassidy Ryan and 6’5″ Daniel Cayer also have picked up their production recently as Badgers display their new-found depth at the proper time of the season. With three games remaining, Brock is comfortably in 4th in the OUA RPI poised for a first round bye and quarter-final home game. Brock hosts Algoma this Friday night before closing their regular season in two weeks at Western and at Windsor.
#6 Ryerson/LW #4 (17-3, 15-1, Last 10: 9-1, Streak: Won 2)… Two easy wins over division rivals this past week set up next weekend’s rivalry game at home against U of T Varsity Blues. Rams have an eye toward their regular-season finale two-game set in the Nation’s Capital against Carleton and Ottawa that will likely determine final OUA RPI ranking with Rams presently at #3.
#7 Alberta/LW #6 (18-8, 13-5, Last 10: 6-4, Streak: Lost 1)… Golden Bears had a chance for a road sweep in Saskatoon over the weekend but a loose ball foul call with 6.3 seconds left and a couple of subsequent scrambles that did not go their way enabled Huskies to squeeze out the split. Alberta had shot 13 for 27 from three in Friday’s victory which was the catalyst in a likely Canada West RPI #1 seed – reward for the brutal schedule Bears have played this season. Bears need at least a split at home against a solid Lethbridge team this coming weekend to clinch the #1 seed.
#8 McGill/LW #8 (15-5, 9-3, Last 10: 8-2, Streak: Won 3)... Clinched playoff spot with Thursday win over Bishop’s and then won by 29 in Lennoxville to complete the weekend sweep. With 4 games remaining, McGill, with a win this Thursday vs. UQAM can clinch a finish no lower than second as they look to capture their 5th consecutive RSEQ regular season title.
#9 Saskatchewan/LW #9 (16-7, 12-6, Last 10: 7-3, Streak: Won 1)… Huskies solidified a spot in the top 4 of Canada West after their split with Alberta. Saturday’s win came with big late-game performances from 6’6″ Matt Forbes and 6’3″ Jaylen Morgan. Solid 6’6″ forward Shane Osayande, who has fashioned an all-Canada West all-star type season, led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Sask, who finishes their season with a pair of games at UNBC, trying to clinch a first round playoff bye.
#10 Dalhousie/LW NR (21-7, 12-4, Last 10: 8-2, Streak: Won 4)… Tigers are finishing strong, now in 1st place in the AUS after a pair of dominant wins over a tough Memorial team. Dal’s depth – seems like there is a different hero every night – continues to help push them through what is a tight, balanced AUS. Tuesday’s four-point game at St. FX in Antigonish could create further separation between Tigers and the rest of the pack or clog things up further.