The OUA East CIS/U Sports Men’s Basketball “Road to the Final 8” starts tonight with two Quarter-Final games. Below is a closer look at two games featuring the #6 York Lions visit to the nations capital to take on the #3 Ottawa Gee-Gees.
#6 York Lions – (OUA 5-17, Overall 7-24)
#3 Ottawa Gee-Gees – (OUA 13-9, Overall 22-17)
Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-0, W 92-61, W 92-71 @ York
How They Stack-Up
It’s been a tough 2011-12 OUA Men’s Basketball year for Toronto’s York Lions. A lack of depth and inexperience crippled the Lions to an 0-11 start. Four out of their five conference victories have come against the two basement teams in RMC and Queens. The only other win came against the Toronto Varsity Blues. York comes in riding a two-game winning streak. The Gee-Gees under the direction of former player and third-year Head Coach James Derouin have played .500% for over a month now and are feeling the effects of losing their prized superstar Warren Ward, to a season ending MCL tear.
BasketballBuzz CIS/U Sports Top 25 Weekly Power Rankings
NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR
12, 12, 19, 14, 13, 13 , 10, 9, 11, 17, 14, 18, 18, 18
Acadia Axemen, Windsor Lancers, McMaster Maradeurs x 2, Laurier Golden Hawks, St. Mary’s Huskies
Keys To Victory
York Lions: The Lions will have to limit turnovers against a scrappy team that likes to put full court pressure on the ball. Rebounding will have to be a central focus as well, they were crushed on the glass 76-63 in their two meetings.
Ottawa Gee-Gees: Free-throw shooting is definitely an area of concern for a team that has struggled to close out games. Ottawa’s 60% ranks at the bottom of the nation and good hurt them down the stretch.
York Lions – Fourth-year Point guard David Tyndale will need to come-up big if the Lions are going to pull the upset. He’s coming off a 38-point game against Queens and will the central focus of the Gee-Gees defensive schemes.
Ottawa Gee-Gees – Sophomore Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel has picked-up the slack in the scoring department and leads the Gee-Gees with 17.2 points per game and is a Top 10 three-point shooter with an accurate 44.9 clip.
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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