2010 Capital Hoops Classic Preview
Men’s Basketball (12-2 OUA, 22-7 overall)
Host Carleton (13-1 OUA) Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Place (Rogers, SSN Canada)
The Gee-Gees moved up to No. 5 in the CIS Top-Ten this week, Carleton is ranked No. 2 in the country.
The Gee-Gees are currently No. 2 in the OUA East, just below the Carleton Ravens (13-1 OUA).
The Gee-Gees defeated RMC and Queen’s last weekend and have now won ten straight games dating back to November 20. uOttawa’s last loss came on November 14 against Windsor.
Gee-Gees fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) leads uOttawa in scoring with 278 points after 14 games. Warren Ward (London, Ont.) follows with 237 points.
The Ravens Kevin McCleery leads Carleton with 219 points.
Fifth-year guard Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.) leads the OUA for three point field goal percentage with 44.1%
The game could be a high scoring affair with the OUA’s two most potent offences going head to head. uOttawa leads the league with an average of 83.4 points per game followed closely Carleton with 80 PPG.
Wednesday night’s primetime match-up will be the first of two meetings between the OUA powerhouses. The two teams will close out their regular season on February 20 at the Carleton’s Ravens Nest.
Carleton defeated uOttawa at last year’s Capital hoops Classic 87-72.
“Wednesday night’s game will be our biggest challenge to date,” said Dave DeAveiro, Gee-Gees head coach. This is the game that all of the guys have circled on their calendar. We’ll be facing the second ranked team in the country and one of the best squads defensively in the CIS so we will have to run our offense, move the ball quickly and not hold it.”
“Defensively it’s going to be all about stopping McCleery in the low post and (Michael) Kenny from shooting three. All these things will be our focus when we meet Carleton.”
The first Capital Hoops Classic, held in January 2007, set a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) regular-season record by drawing 9,720 fans and saw the Gee-Gees men edge the Ravens 64-62.
Last year’s event saw 10,523 in attendance – another regular-season CIS record.