With Canada’s best University Basketball teams heading over to Ottawa this year to battle it out for National honours, we decided to put together some predictions (Why? Well, why not?).
Mavs Gillis, Henry Whitfield and guest Armaan Ahluwalia from North Pole Hoops threw down their predictions:
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Quarter-final #1: No. 7 Lakehead vs. No. 2 Cape Breton
Armaan: Even though Lakehead has the experience of making nationals for four years in a row they will be without Ryan Thompson due to a lower body injury. I think that even with CIS Defensive POY Greg Carter I think CBU pulls it out. This is the closest game to call in the opening round. CBU by 5
Henry: Jimmy Dorsey under the lights at Scotiabank Place, lots of respect to Lakehead but the Orange Army will put CBU over the top.
Quarter-final #2: No. 6 McGill vs. No. 3 Ottawa
Armaan: Ottawa is starting to pick up steam and with their near beating of Carleton they can run with anyone in the country, Warren Ward and Johnny B are too much for RESQ champs McGill. Ottawa by 15.
Henry: Tough to look past Ottawa in this one, they should handle McGill and move onto the Semis without too much fuss.
Quarter-final #3:No. 5 Acadia vs. No. 4 UBC
Armaan: This could be the other close match of the day as they have both been in the top half of the rankings for most of the season. UBC led by 5th year guard Doug Plumb will give Acadia everything they can handle. Acadia puts up a good fight but doesn’t make it past the first round, UBC by 5 points.
Henry: Acadia has one of the deepest teams heading to Ottawa, look for Klassen to shine on the national stage. Acadia win this one by a single possession.
Quarter-final #4:No. 8 Victoria vs. No. 1 Carleton
Armaan: Carleton is playing like, well Carleton. Need I say anymore? This is however the one time in the tournament that is the best time to try and upset them before they start to build their momentum. Victoria will fight but watch Carleton lock them down as the game goes on. Carleton by 18
Henry: The Ravens are favourites once again, this could turn into a blowout pretty quickly. Carleton moves onto the Semifinals.
Semifinal #1: Winner Game 1 v Game 2
Armaan: No. 2 Cape Breton v No. 3 No. 3 Ottawa – Yes CBU fans are starting to not like me right now. I think that Ottawa’s dynamic duo of Warren Ward and Johnny B will be fun to watch play against JD3 and company. CBU should have the advantage slightly down low but I think with the Ottawa faithful on hand they take it in a close one.
Henry: CBU v No. 3 Ottawa – This is going to be a barn burner, but i’m looking at a magical CBU run this year, so Dorsey keeps it churning and CBU punches their ticket to the finals.
Semifinal #1: Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
Armaan: No. 4 UBC v No. 1 Carleton – Again Carleton is playing top basketball and once they make it to the semi’s it’s hard to stop them. UBC will throw everything at them but the Ravens will be too much and UBC will be playing for Bronze. Scrubb and Scrubb take over and march onto the final in their hometown.
Henry: No. 5 Acadia v No. 1 Carleton – Acadia’s run comes to an end, Carleton is just too deep and they’ll be playing for another title Sunday.
Bronze Medal: Loser Semifinal 1 v Loser Semifinal 2
Armaan: No. 2 Cape Breton v No. 4 UBC – Doug Plumb and company push CBU to the bring pulling out a close victory. Cape Breton will make it close and this game is going either way by a basket. UBC takes it, but I think CBU has the fire power to answer back
Henry: No. 3 Ottawa v No. 5 Acadia – A medal for the hosts is how this one ends, Ottawa gets a third place finish over Acadia.
Gold Medal: Winner Semifinal 1 v Winner Semifinal 2
Armaan: No. 3 Ottawa v No. 1 Carleton – This would be the dream final for Ottawa and would do wonders to the hype after all of the great games these teams have played together this season. #1 Carleton even with the crowd split beats their cross town rivals in an amazing game giving Dave Smart and company another McGee trophy, their trophy case might need some expanding.
Henry: No. 2 Cape Breton v No. 1 Carleton – Dave Smart gets another national Championship, picking up his third in a row
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Whichever way the games go, this weekend promises to be another great display of Canadian University Basketball.