#10 Ottawa at #1 Carleton tonight at Raven’s Nest

The latest in the continuing rivalry between two Nation’s Capital programs happens tonight at the Raven’s Nest as undefeated and #1 ranked Carleton Ravens entertain uOttawa Gee-Gees, reeling somewhat after a 1-1 weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo that included what could be a long-lasting injury to star 6’7″ forward Brody Maracle (concussion).  Maracle’s status for tonight’s game is not known however the forward missed Saturday afternoon’s game at Waterloo.  Should Maracle not be available, expect the Gee-Gees to surround 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles with shooters and, should Carleton coach Dave Smart look to double down defensively on the ex-Raven and turn Pierre-Charles into a passer, Ottawa’s ability to knock down shots will be key.  The last time these two teams played in a conventional gym, last season at Montpetit Hall, Pierre-Charles was a non-factor at either end, Gee-Gees struggled to make shots and Carleton won going away.  Given their depth and athleticism at the guard spots, Carleton has the ability to push up and even press in the front court, speeding up the game.  Gee-Gees will have at least four guys playing their first-ever Canal War (5’11” Sean Stoqua, 6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis, 6’5″ Chase Tynes and 6’3″ Alex Muise) which many first-time alumni of this game will tell you is an entirely different experience:  Ottawa looks to have both Pierre-Charles and 6’4″ Brandon Robinson step up as senior leaders.  Carleton’s 6’10” Eddie Ekiyor will again look to make his mark in this game – he had a spectacular, soaring, swooping transition slam in the game at Montpetit Hall last year, part of a dominant effort.  Expect a sell-out crowd and the usual electric atmosphere at the Raven’s Nest.


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