CANHoops.ca 2017-18 Top 10 as of 13th November 2017
WITH BROCK’S OVERTIME WIN AT RYERSON, four U-Sports men’s team remain undefeated on the season including the Top 3 in our latest ranking. The only loss by a Top 10 team this week was Friday night in Kitchener/Waterloo as Laurier Golden Hawks upset then-#7 Ottawa Gee-Gees 80-75 behind 23 points from 5’11” Tevaun Kokko. Hawks were hammered by #1 Carleton the next night as Kokko was a DNP due to an apparent back injury that has been plaguing the prolific guard for a number of weeks. #2 Alberta had some travel issues on their way to a two-game sweep at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna while Brock Badgers asserted their Top 3 ranking with a character overtime win at Ryerson on Wednesday, overcoming foul trouble and a torrid Rams comeback to remain unblemished.
#1 Carleton (10-0, 4-0/ LW: #1)… Two easy wins at OUA West rivals Waterloo and Laurier this past weekend starts Carleton’s busy five-games-in-nine-days stretch that includes the Canal War game against #10 Ottawa tomorrow night. Two other OUA West rivals Windsor and Western visit the Raven’s Nest on the weekend.
#2 Alberta (10-0, 6-0/ LW: #2)… Golden Bears held UBC-O Heat to just 11 second-half points in a 50 point thrashing last night in Kelowna. Alberta takes in a bye week before getting set to host Saskatchewan Huskies and Victoria Vikes for a pair each on the following two weekends that will complete Golden Bears’ first half of the Canada West regular season.
#3 Brock (9-0, 6-0/ LW: #3)… Character OT win this past Wednesday at Ryerson when three starters missed the extra frame after fouling out provides Badgers with added confidence. Badgers return home to host Nipissing and then what will be a showdown game against #8 Laurentian, a team that stayed with Brock for much of their game in St. Catharines last season.
#4 Calgary (11-1, 6-0/ LW: #4)… Dinos swept a pesky Winnipeg Wesmen team in Calgary this past weekend, getting another superior performance from 6’6” Mambi Diawara who electrified in the fourth quarter with four threes after Wesmen got the deficit down to five. Calgary finishes up their first half at Brandon for a pair and then at Saskatchewan for two.
#5 Dalhousie (12-1, 4-0/LW: #5)… Tigers remain the class of the AUS thus far after a pair of dominant victories at Memorial, again showing their tremendous perimeter shooting, going 24-48 (50%) from three over the two games in St. John’s. Dalhousie averages over 94 ppg in league play and shoots a sturdy 49.5% from three as a team thus far. A Thursday/Saturday home-and-home showdown looms this week against Acadia with the lid lifter in Wolfville.
#6 McGill (5-2, 1-0/LW: #6)… Redmen dominated Laval almost from start to finish this week as the RSEQ regular season kicked off. McGill is using their depth to push up more on teams and this strategy is sure to be tested against the athletic Citadins at UQAM on Thursday followed by a home game against arch-rival Concordia on Saturday.
#7 Laurentian (7-0, 3-0/LW: #8)… Vees remain only one of 4 undefeated teams in U-Sports after their comfortable win over Lakehead in Thunder Bay this past Friday night. Laurentian remains on the road this coming weekend with an opportunity to make a case for a Top 5 ranking, meeting #3 Brock on Saturday night in St. Catharines. Vees also meet an improving McMaster side Friday night in Hamilton in their first solid test of the OUA regular season.
#8 UBC (9-2, 4-2/ LW: #9)… T-Birds rebounded to sweep UNBC in Prince George over the weekend as 6’2” Phil Jalalpoor appears to have found his offensive stroke once again. UBC played the weekend without impact 6’0” guard Jauquin Bennett-Boire however T-Birds depth shone as all 12 players who dressed contributed in both games. UBC hosts Trinity Western for a pair before a potentially-dangerous trip to Winnipeg for two with the Wesmen and then close their first-half at home against improved Regina.
#9 Lethbridge (10-2, 6-0/ LW: #10)… Horns shook off a lackluster effort on Thursday night, saved by 6’0” Dejon Burdeaux’s buzzer beating three and then returned to prior form with a dominant win at Mount Royal as Lethbridge swept the home-and-home with Cougars this past week. Horns play two in Kamloops this weekend against Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
#10 Ottawa (10-2, 3-1/LW: #7)… Gee-Gees were upset 85-80 at Laurier this past Friday but the effects of that game could be felt longer-term as 6’7″ Brody Maracle suffered a concussion during a loose-ball scrum, playing only 10 minutes against the Golden Hawks and was not even on the bench the next afternoon at Waterloo. Maracle’s potential absence is arguably the key story line as Gee-Gees prepare to play at Carleton tomorrow night and get set to host resurgent Western and Windsor on the weekend.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ryerson (4-4, 3-2), Acadia (8-3, 3-0), UNB (10-2, 4-0), Manitoba (8-2, 5-1), Saint Mary’s (8-3, 4-0).