New Ryerson Rams Home Rumoured to Host 2013 OUA Men's Basketball Final Four
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The Ryerson Rams mens basketball program rose to national prominence after a stellar season that included a monster upset over the Lakehead Thunderwolves in OUA Semi-Final to reach the programs first Final 8 CIS Men's Basketball appearance.

Head Coach Roy Rana and the schools athletic department have done a great job at building the new program from the ground up, this fall the team will move the their new home, Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens.

Along with their shiny new facility is now a strong possibility that the Rams are the strong favourites to land the hosting rights of the 2013 OUA Final Four.

According to a tentative schedule released by Lakehead University last week, the 2013 Wilson Cup Championship weekend will be played at Ryerson’s brand new facility inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) at the Gardens. However, both the Ryerson Athletics department and the OUA have denied that this year’s Final Four site has been selected.

“We haven’t been awarded (the Final Four),” said Jim McLarty, Ryerson’s Sports Information Co-ordinator. “We’ve bid to host it and we’d like to host it….I would say there’s a good chance.”

That’s because this isn’t the first time the league has had its eye on Ryerson for the event. Bryan Crawford, OUA Sport Programmer, acknowledged that the university is one of four to apply, and both he and McLarty confirmed that the Gardens was originally scheduled to host last year’s Final Four, had construction been completed on schedule. Crawford added that this could lead to speculation that Ryerson is the favourite to land the Championship.

And according to Lakehead’s tentative schedule, the highly anticipated grudge match between the Rams and the 2011 OUA Champions may also be Ryerson’s first OUA game played at the Gardens. The game is scheduled for Nov. 9. While this is unlikely to change, schedule adjustments can still be made until June 1.
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