The 2013 CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championship is pretty much set, the only thing remaining to find out is who will be the AUS Champion, the wild card and the final seedings.
We strong believe the wild card will go to the runner-up of the AUS, thus completing the “Final 8” teams.
The Carleton Ravens will have the top seed when they are announced late Sunday. Below is a list of all the teams that have qualified.
1. Carleton Ravens – (OUA Champions)
As expected the Ravens have secured the top seed in the 2013 CIS Men’s Basketball National Championship and are riding a 22-game winning streak. Who they will play is still yet to be determined, the most likely opponent would be the Victoria Vikes. If this does happen consider it the passing of the torch, The Ravens and the Vikes are tied for the most national basketball championships with eight.
Cape Breton Capers – (AUS)
Like many we believe that regardless of the outcome of the 2013 AUS Championships that both teams will advance, not matter what scenario, even if they do go down in the finals of the Atlantic conference, the Capers would likely earn the wildcard and the same can be said for the Acadia Axemen. The Capers only loss in the regular season came at the hands of the Acadia so a lot to be determined.
Mcgill Redmen – (RSEQ Champions)
Guess who’s coming back to town? Former Gee-Gees head coach David Deaveiro has managed to turn the Redmen into a Final 8 team in just three years. Mcgill rallied from a huge 15-point first-half deficit to crush the hearts of Bishop Gaiters fans and advance to their first national championship in 1979.
UBC Thunderbirds – (CanWest)
Could this FINALLY be the year for the Thunderbirds. It feels like we have been saying that for the last 10 years. The Thunderbirds return to Ottawa and will be looking to earn their third CIS Men’s Basketball championship.
Victoria Vikes – (CanWest)
The Vikes return to the big dance and based on their play this season anything can happen. Well balanced team with strong guards and good size upfront. Craig Beaucamp is familiar with the nations capital surroundings and you can expect his team to compete even if they get the Ravens in the opening round.
Acadia Axemen – (AUS)
All the pieces are in place for the Axemen to be considered a serious threat regardless of their seeding. They are healthy, playing good defense and are as deep as anybody in the country. A showdown with the Capers awaits, another win will most certainly silence any talk of an 8th seed.
Lakehead Thunderwolves -(OUA At Large)
You have to give it to the Thunderwolves for getting back to Final 8. We knew they would rebound after one the nations toughest schedules. The boys from Thunderbay are not done yet and have all the tools to upset whoever they face in the opening round.
Ottawa Gee-Gees – (OUA Runner-Up)
We knew they would be good. The Gee-Gees have had strong recruiting classes the past few years and the results are starting to pay off. It will be really interesting to see where the Gee-Gees get ranked, they have played the defending champions and #1 seed Ravens tight on all three occasions including, arguably the best game of the year, in a triple-overtime thriller to closeout the regular season.
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.