UVic draw Carleton in National Basketball Championship first-round shock draw
A shock result in the Ontario Conference playoffs led to a brutal first-round tie for the No. 2-ranked University of Victoria Vikes in the U Sports Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament. The old No.
A shock result in the Ontario Conference playoffs led to a brutal first-round tie for the No. 2-ranked University of Victoria Vikes in the U Sports Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament.
Former No. 1 Carleton Ravens were upset by Queen’s in the Ontario semi-finals, meaning the 15-time Canadian champions enter the nationals as a wild card at No. 7, and will face the Vikes, Canada West champions in the national quarter-finals. Friday in Edmonton.
“The selection committee was handcuffed by the rules,” said UVic head coach Craig Beaucamp.
The rules state that the five conference champions and runner-up Ontario must be ranked in the top six. That leaves no room for a generic team to climb into the top six seeds, even one as good as the Ravens, who were undefeated and No. 1 all season until their upset semi-final loss in Ontario last night. last week. Carleton is the two-time defending national champion of 2019 and 2020 (the 2021 tournament did not take place due to the pandemic) and has won nine of the last 10 national championships. It’s a dynasty in every sense of the word, eclipsing UVic’s seven consecutive national championships in the 1980s.
“You’re going to have to win three games in any order to become a national champion and you’re going to have to go through Carleton one way or another,” said a philosophical Beaucamp.
“Everyone is good at this stage. It’s choosing your poison. A game is a game. Anything can happen. Our guys are excited to play against the Ravens.
Carleton was 14-0 in the regular season and won its conference playoff quarterfinal before the stunning conference semifinal upset loss to Queen’s.
” This loss [to Queen’s]combined with U Sports regulations that require the tournament committee to respect conference playoff results, has relegated the Ravens to the bottom half of the table for the first time this century,” U Sports said in a statement.
UVic was 17-1 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. As it turns out, the Alberta Golden Bears got lucky in their Canada West championship final loss to UVic. The Golden Bears are ranked third and have drawn the Quebec champion and sixth-ranked McGill, considered perhaps the most vulnerable of the conference champions despite being undefeated in conference play. Alberta was also undefeated before losing to UVic in the Canada West final.
Ontario champion Brock Badgers was seeded first and will face the eighth seeded Saskatchewan Huskies. The other quarter-final will pit the Dalhousie Tigers, Atlantic champions and fourth seeds, against the Queen’s Golden Gaels, runners-up and fifth seeds from Ontario.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday and the final on Sunday.