CIS Tournament Field is Finalized, and the Draw Announced
As is the case almost every season at this time, we get thrown a curve ball by the CIS Wildcard / Seeding Committee. This time around, in the heady stratosphere that is the OUA, we have their 3 teams ranked 1-2-3, including the at-large selection Ottawa, who get the #3 slot, despite losing 3 games since the Christmas Holidays .
Calgary, with 16 consecutive wins, and as the Canada West champions, who had been ranked #4 going into the play-offs, stay behind the OUA ‘super-powers’ ! The committee also have seen fit to place 3 League champions, Ryerson, Calgary and McGill on one side of the draw.
Nonetheless, it takes 3 wins next week to capture the National Championship, so all we can say from a Canada West perspective is Go Dinos ! Go Wolf Pack ! Go Thunderbirds! We will cheer for these 3 teams to represent their teams, schools, and the League with great determination and pride. It will be exciting times with this event in Western Canada for the first time since 1982 in Victoria, when Ken Shields’ Vikes won their 3rd straight title, on their way to 7 in a row.
Seeding for the 2016 CIS Final 8 – National Championship Tournament, Vancouver
1. Ryerson Rams (OUA champions)- 17-2 regular season / 3-0 playoffs
2. Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists)- 16-3 regular season / 2-1 playoffs
3. Ottawa Gee-Gees (At-Large Berth)- 17-2 regular season / 2-1 playoffs
4. Calgary Dinos (Canada West champions)- 17-3 regular season / 4-0 playoffs
5. McGill Redmen (Quebec champions) – 12-4 regular season / 2-0 playoffs
6. Dalhousie Tigers (Atlantic champions) – 13-7 regular season / 2-0 playoffs
7. Thompson R. Wolf Pack (Canada West finalists)- 16-4 r. season / 3-2 playoffs
8. UBC Thunderbirds (Hosts)- 16-4 regular season / 3-1 playoffs
How these teams got here –
Ryerson Rams – Ranked #3 going into playoffs, the Rams beat Lakehead 93-71, then Windsor 96-77, and they won the Wilson Cup over Carleton by a 73-68 count.
Carleton Ravens – ranked #1 prior to play-offs, the Ravens, who have won the Nationals for last 5 years, beat Brock 90-52, then Ottawa by 82-74, and dropped the OUA final at Ryerson 73-68.
Ottawa Gee-Gees – were ranked #2 entering the play-offs, and beat Queen’s 73-72, then lost to Carleton 74-82, and won the 3rd place game 90-77 over Windsor . (Selected as the ‘wild-card’ team)
Calgary Dinos – the 4th ranked team before play-offs, Calgary defeated Alberta 2-0 in their best of 3 quarter-final (87-77, 89-76), then beat Manitoba 100-74, and Thompson Rivers 91-84 in the Canada West Final 4.
McGill Redmen – Finished 1st in the RSEQ regular season, then beat Laval 76-69, and UQAM 78-67 in the Quebec Championship Tournament.
Dalhousie Tigers – ranked #10 for the final few CIS rankings periods, the Tigers were the top Atlantic team entering the AUS Tournament. They beat St. Mary’s 75-74, then won the Atlantic title 87-85 over UPEI.
Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack – un-ranked entering play-offs, the “Pack were as high as #9 in recent rankings periods. TRU took 3 games to beat Regina in the CW Q-finals (94-102, 90-85, 86-73), then beat UBC in the semi-final 72-69, and lost the CW final to Calgary 84-91.
UBC Thunderbirds – The #6 ranked team going into the play-offs, the ‘Birds swept Lethbridge in the Q-finals (81-57, 85-57), then lost the semi to TRU 69-72, and won the CW 3rd place game 101-72 over Manitoba.
Tournament Schedule – (Pacific daylight times)
Thursday, March 17 –
1 pm Q-final 1 … #2 Carleton vs #7 Thompson Rivers
3 pm Q-final 2 … # 3 Ottawa vs. # 6 Dalhousie
6 pm Q-final 3 … # 4 Calgary vs # 5 McGill
8 pm Q-final 4 … # 1 Ryerson vs # 8 UBC
All games streamed live on CIS TV Live !
Friday, March 18 –
5 pm Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
7 pm Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, March 19 –
12 noon … 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv) (Consolation champs)
3 pm Semifinal 1 … Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
5:30 pm Semifinal 2 … Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
Sunday, March 20 –
2 pm Bronze medal, 3rd place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
5:30 pm Gold medal – Championship Final (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
- Just a few of the many fans seen in the stands at the Final 4 in Calgary …
Ken Olynyk, TRU Athletic Director, also known as ‘Kelly’s Dad’ … Former Dinos Coach Don Newton, with his personal bodyguards, Al Kettles, Skip Morgan, Clarence Amulung … Saskatoon (and now Calgary) super-fan, Spiro Leakos, former owner of the Commodore Cafe in Sask. … new UC Athletic Director, Christine Stapleton, an outstanding coach at Regina, and a great addition for the Dinos program … former Dinos A.D. Ron Wuotila with his family – ‘All Dinos’ … several gentlemen in UBC T-Birds scarves … many more TRU Wolf Pack fans with orange scarves … former Dinos parents Allen Wright, Kent and Barb Milburn, Darryl Fidler, Simon Bekkering … a huge contingent of Dinos alum, including former National team buddies Tom Bishop and Romel Raffin … Eddie Richardson III , the President of Genesis Basketball, along with his family and friends … John Weiland, legendary local, National, and International referee, now chief evaluator / fan for son Michael, who worked the CW Final game … and the large, raucous, ‘Jasdeep Gill Fan-Club’ , all of whom were on their feet and rejoicing each time their man merely touched the basketball !
- The air-horn blowing UC student group, with the tacit approval of event organizers, who provided a constant din designed to distract and annoy the opposing team must count their mission accomplished. In our opinion, however, this goes beyond reasonable support for the home team. It is unsportsmanlike, and should be discouraged by UC Athletics. Hosting Canada West championship events comes with the responsibility of giving your guests ‘fair play’ and at least a tolerable environment.