The no. 2 ranked men’s basketball team in the CIS will begin the playoffs at home this Saturday, taking on the Queen’s Gaels in an OUA quarter-final matchup at Montpetit Hall. It will be the third meeting of the season between the teams, with Ottawa taking double-digit wins in the previous games.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m., Saturday, following the Gee-Gees women’s playoff game against the Guelph Gryphons which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for the playoff double-header are available online. The games will be webcast on OUA.tv.
While Ottawa enjoyed a bye thanks to its 17-2 regular season record which earned a top four seeding, seventh place Queen’s passed through the first round with a comfortable 87-70 win over Toronto on Wednesday night in Kingston. The Gaels received a big game inside from Ryall Stroud. The forward posted a dominant double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds.
When the Gee-Gees hosted the Gaels in January, head coach James Derouin was wary of Stroud. In their 76-60 win, the garnet and grey held the six-foot-seven fourth-year to just six points and four rebounds. Two of those points came from the free throw line; Queen's ranked tenth in the CIS and second in the OUA for made free throws this season.
Against Toronto on Wednesday, Queen’s was also hot from long range and dialled up 11-25 from beyond the arc. The Gaels sank just five triples in their last visit to Montpetit Hall.
Mike L’Africain lit up the Gaels for 30 points in January, scoring most of his points from short range. That game was part of the schedule when Ottawa was without the services of Caleb Agada.
Ottawa also met the Gaels in exhibition action in October, picking up a 98-75 win in Kingston with 24 points from Brody Maracle along with 17 apiece from L’Africain and Agada
Notably, Queen’s is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time in six years. Ottawa has appeared in four of the last five OUA Final Four tournaments.
The winner of Saturday’s game advances to the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four, to be held March 11-12. The venue is to be determined by the results of Saturday’s games.