(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)
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
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
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.”
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.
“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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