CIS men’s basketball Final 8 - Carleton gets No. 1 seed, StFX earns wildcard

CIS men's basketball Final 8
Carleton gets No. 1 seed, StFX earns wildcard

March 8, 2009

OTTAWA (CIS) - The Carleton University Ravens have been ranked No. 1 in the nation almost all season and have now been seeded No. 1 for the most important weekend of the campaign as they get set to host the CIS men's basketball championship for the second straight year at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place.

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The eight-team, single elimination tournament gets under way Friday with the quarterfinal round and concludes on Sunday with the presentation of the national final at 4 p.m. The Score Television Network will broadcast the last two first-round duels on Friday evening (quarterfinal No. 4 on tape delay), Saturday's semi-finals and the gold-medal match.

Joining host Carleton in the nation's capital for the chase for the W.P. McGee trophy are the No. 2 Calgary Dinos (Canada West champions), No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West finalists), No. 4 Western Ontario Mustangs (OUA finalists), No. 5 Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists), No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions), No. 7 Concordia Stingers (QSSF champions) and No. 8 St. Francis Xavier X-Men (AUS finalists).

StFX received the wildcard berth following a vote from a selection committee comprised of CIS coaches.

New national champions will be crowned next weekend as the Brock Badgers missed the OUA playoffs with an 8-14 record after graduating a number of star players following their 2007-08 championship run.

Calgary and Concordia kick off the 2009 Final 8 tourney Friday at 12:30 p.m., while the second quarterfinal duel pits UBC against Dalhousie at 2:30 p.m. The evening session will see both hometown teams in action as Ottawa faces Western Ontario at 6 p.m., while Carleton battles StFX at 8 p.m.

The No. 1 Ravens saw their run of five straight W.P. McGee trophy victories - the second longest in CIS history - come to an end a year ago when they dropped a double-overtime decision to Acadia in the semi-final round. Carleton led 13 of 14 national coaches polls this season - UBC led for one week - and hasn't lost to a CIS opponent since an 80-68 defeat at Windsor in its conference opener back on November 7.

The No. 2 Dinos have never claimed the W.P. McGee trophy since the inaugural championship in 1963; the No. 3 Thunderbirds have a pair of rings but haven't been crowned since 1972 (1972, 1970); the No. 4 Mustangs won their lone title in 1991; the No. 5 Gee-Gees and No. 6 Tigers are both looking for their first CIS banner; the No. 7 Stingers were national champions in 1990; the No. 8 X-Men were crowned for the first time in 1993 and captured back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Note: A complete championship preview will follow Tuesday.


1. Carleton Ravens (OUA champions: 21-1 regular season, 3-0 playoffs)
2. Calgary Dinos (Canada West champions: 17-5 regular season, 4-0 playoffs)
3. UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West finalists: 21-2 regular season, 5-1 playoffs)
4. Western Ontario Mustangs (OUA finalists: 19-3 regular season, 2-1 playoffs)
5. Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medalists: 19-3 regular season, 2-1 playoffs)
6. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions: 13-7 regular season, 3-0 playoffs)
7. Concordia Stingers (QSSF champions: 12-4 regular season, 2-0 playoffs)
8. StFX X-Men (Wildcard - AUS finalists: 17-3 regular season, 1-1 playoffs)


Thursday, March 12
19:15 All-Canadian Reception (Marriott Hotel - Victoria Room)

Friday, March 13
12:30 Quarterfinal #1: No. 2 Calgary vs. No. 7 Concordia
14:30 Quarterfinal #2: No. 3 UBC vs. No. 6 Dalhousie
18:00 Quarterfinal #3: No. 4 Western Ontario vs. No. 5 Ottawa (The Score)
20:00 Quarterfinal #4: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 8 St. Francis Xavier (The Score / tape delay: 22:00)

Saturday, March 14
12:30 Consolation #1
14:30 Consolation #2
18:00 Semifinal #1 (The Score)
20:00 Semifinal #2 (The Score)

Sunday, March 15
13:30 5th-place consolation final
16:00 Final (The Score)

- CIS -

For more information, please contact:

Michel Bélanger
Communications Manager
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Ph: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334


Last Updated: 2009-06-20
Author: Scott Stewart