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Inspired Indiana Hoosiers take down short-handed Carleton Ravens

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Ottawa, Ont — Indiana Hoosiers Head coach Tom Crean was advised by Wisconsin Badgers legendary coach Bob Ryan not to play the Carleton Ravens in their opening game of their Canadian tour for many reasons. Unfortunately or fortunately the Hoosiers got a taste of Canadian University medicine before they actually faced the Ravens by dropping an unexpected 109-101 decision to Carleton’s city rivals therefore eliminating the “moment of surprise” which Bob Ryan and his Wisconsin Badgers and a plenty of other Americans teams have faced when coming to the Nations Capital during their annual NCAA foreign tours.

Behind an energetic and inspired Indiana crowd, Tom Crean’s Hoosiers took full advantage of the short-handed Ravens who were without head coach Dave Smart and three-time league MVP and All-Canadian guard Philip Scrubb. Indiana jumped out to a 27-11 lead and never looked back on their way to a 95-85 victory over Carleton at the Ravens Nest.

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Hoosiers Yogi Ferrell ignited the offense which connected on 11-of-17 first quarter shots. The Ravens offense was forced into one of their worst quarters in recent history with a 4-of-19 shooting display.

Ravens starting forward Thomas Scrubb finished with a game-high 34 points despite starting 0-for-9 in the first 10 quarter and needing 31 shots. Thomas who was also on international duty alongside Dave Smart and his brother Phillip Scrubb was released a few days prior to Canada’s Senior Men’s last game in Spain and was available for the the highly anticipated affair between the historic Hoosiers.  Scrubb scored 11 points in the second quarter to keep Carleton in the game as Indiana led 49-35 at half-time.

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Carleton continued to play even with their Big Ten foes but despite their best effort, Indiana’s combination of Yogi Ferrell (21 points, 5 rebounds) and freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. (19 points, 2assists) was simply too much for the Ravens to over come due to their poor first-quarter. Carleton cut the lead on several occasions thanks to Scrubb’s 15-point fourth-quarter the first-team All-Canadian candidate added eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss.

Indiana shot 60.8% for the game including a 56.3% on 9-of-13 from behind the arc. Carleton shooting woes improved as the game went on and finished at 43.1% on 31-72 shots and only 8-of-28 (28.6%) from three’s. The Ravens went 15/22 at the free-throw line compared to Indiana’s 23-of-34 (70.6%) attempts.

Carleton out-rebounded the more athletic Hoosiers 37-34 thanks to 20 offensive rebounds, most of them off long rebounds.

The Ravens (1-1) will look to earn their first win when it faces the Vermont Catamounts in their next game. The Catamounts dropped a 73-66 decision to the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the third game of their Canadian Tour.

Indiana (2-1) will travel back to the province of Quebec to take on the McGill Redmen in Montreal.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

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Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

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The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

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Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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