Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Well, a young team does need to learn patience: Coach Dave DeAveiro's Ottawa Gee-Gees are not yet ranked in the CIS Top 10 coaches' poll that was released today, despite their 6-0 start in the OUA.

That's fair. There's a bit of a show-us stance with regard to the Gee-Gees, who are 10-2 overall but are still looking for a big road win. In a larger sense, any CIS hoopophiles who love a debate must be loving the variance between the coaches' poll, the weekly ratings at cishoops.ca and the Cheers RPI. The RPI ratings might be a bit skewed, since it's still early season and the sample sizes are small. The RPI also doesn't account for exhibition games played against NCAA schools; Concordia in particular in hurt by this.
  • No. 2 UBC, also No. 2 at cishoops.ca, is 10th in RPI;
  • No. 10 Alberta, coming off a weekend sweep at Calgary, is still 2nd in RPI
  • OUA East teams Ottawa and Toronto are in the Also Receiving Votes zone of the official pool, but are 5th and 7th in RPI
Carleton will be No. 1 in all three rankings. Queen's is poking around the fringes: Coach Rob Smart's young Golden Gaels (9-3, 4-2 OUA) are No. 11 in RPI and go consideration from both Mark and the coaches. Remember, Ryan Hairsine is apparently not ready to come back yet for the Gaels. Once he does get up to speed, he will should some stability in the backcourt.

(Originally posted Nov. 26.)

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