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Ottawa Gee-Gees awarded No. 1 seed at 2014 CIS Final 8 for the first time in school history

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Ottawa Gee-Gees awarded No. 1 seed at 2014 CIS Final 8 for the first time in school history

(Ottawa, ON) – (BasketballBuzz) – For the first in the programs history the Ottawa Gee-Gees have been awarded the No. 1 overall seed at the CIS Men’s Final 8 tournament. A night after shocking the No. 1 Carleton Ravens to win the 2014 OUA conference championship the Gee-Gees convinced the seeding committee that they deserved the No. 1 seed. The nine-time champions and three-time defending champs Carleton Ravens drop to number two after suffering their only loss of the season. The Ravens were also given the no. 2 seed back in 2011. As expected the Canada West champions Alberta Golden Bears secured the third spot and rounding out the top four seeds is the Victoria Vikes who finished second in the Canada West.

The McGill Redmen get the fifth spot thanks to their back-back Quebec/RSEQ championship and the St. Mary’s Huskies take the six spot after winning out the Atlantic conference. Rounding out the final two seeds are the McMaster Marauders who earned a bronze medal after finishing third at the 2014 Wilson Cup and the Saskatchewan Huskies who were awarded the at-large wildcard by also winning bronze at the Canada West Final four tournament.
Overall the eight best teams will be in Ottawa in what is expected to be another great National Championship.

Official tournament seeds

#1 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA Champions: League 20-2, Playoffs 3-0, Overall 36-4)
#2 Carleton Ravens (OUA runner-up: League 22-0, Playoffs 2-1, Overall 34-3)
#3 Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West Champions: League 20-2, Playoffs 4-1, Overall 36-6)
#4 Victoria Vikes (Canada West runner-up: League 19-3, Playoffs 3-2, Overall 27-9)
#5 McGill Redmen (RSEQ Champions: League 14-2, Playoffs 2-0, Overall 22-9)
#6 St. Mary’s Huskies (AUS Champion: League 14-6, Playoffs 2-0, Overall 23-10)
#7 McMaster Marauders (OUA bronze: League 18-4, Playoffs 2-1, Overall 26-10)
#8 Saskatchewan Huskies (Wildcard: League 15-7, Playoffs 3-1, Overall 27-10)

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2014 CIS Men’ Final Quarter Finals

#1 Ottawa Gee-Gees vs #8 Saskatchewan Huskies
#2 Carleton Ravens vs. #7 McMaster Marauders
#3 Alberta Golden Bears vs. #6 St. Mary’s Huskies
#4 Victoria Vikes vs. #5 McGill Redmen

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles

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Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
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It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

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Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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