Ravens: Carleton, with a pair of 20-plus-point wins at home this weekend, could return to No. 1 in the CIS Top Ten since UBC No. 1 UBC was upset 76-73 by an unheralded Regina team in what Leader-Post scribe Tim Switzer called, "probably the most entertaining basketball game I have ever seen live."
It is just a number. Carleton, by its standards, is not all there yet, but it put McMaster away early with a savvy veteran performance by the law firm of Doornekamp, Turnbull, McCleery and Saunders. It easily could have been a bigger spread than 25 points (74-49). Aaron Doornekamp had 19 points and 11 rebounds; Rob Saunders (12 points, all off threes, and nine boards) was one board away from one of the stealthiest double-doubles in modern stat-keeping history.
There is a soft spot for the Ravens women's team, which after Saturday's 49-48 loss to McMaster, has lost three games by a total of nine points. (Their two wins were by a total of three.) The nature of their team seems to dictate that every game is going to be a grind.
Gee-Gees: The U of O, a fun team to watch, won both its games. A worrisome note was that Nemanja Baletic left the game vs. Lakehead after getting poked in the eye (one hopes it was just a precaution). Only five other players (presumably all five starters) scored in the 80-67 win over Lakehead.
Golden Gaels: It ended up being a split (win over Guelph, loss at Brock, which is 8-0 vs. CIS foes despite losing everything from the national championship team except Owen White and their lucky tub of garlic).
Mitch Leger had a 25-point night vs. Brock. Queen's (2-2 in the OUA) finishes out the pre-Christmas sked with a McMaster-Lakehead road trip and a Western-Windsor homestand. It would be nice to see them be 5-3 at the break.
Our own Andrew Bucholtz did a liveblog of Queen's 3-0 loss to McGill, its second to the Red guys in eight days. Here's a quick rundown of the conference standings, games played and point totals:
- UTQR: 22 (12)
- Toronto: 12 (11)
- Carleton: 13 (9)
- Ottawa 12 (11)
- Queen's 12 (13)
- Concordia 11 (11)
- RMC 8 (12)
- McGill 7 (8)
- Ryerson 5 (10)
Carleton, in contrast, plays one of its games in hand today against McGill (3 p.m., ssncanada.ca).
That is all for now. Please visit The CIS Blog during Semi-Final Sunday.