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PREVIEW: Gee-Gees 519-bound in road trip

Thursday January 26, 2017
Presutti carrying the ball.
Photo: 
Greg Mason

GAME INFO:
Ottawa (11-1) at Western (3-9)
Friday, January 27
2 p.m.
Webcast on OUA.tv

Ottawa (11-1) at Windsor (8-6)
Saturday, January 28
8 p.m.
Webcast on OUA.tv

This weekend, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team, ranked no. 3 in the nation are returning to the road after a speedy five-game home stand in eight days. The long Southwestern Ontario trip can be exhausting, but with games against Western and Windsor, the road series could be a rewarding test. 

After most recently defeating Lakehead and Guelph, the Gee-Gees team has regained their footing after a disappointing loss to Carleton. A refocused approach on offence helped the team score 89 and 85 points in last weekend’s matchups, which is something the team will hope to continue as their schedule continues to increase in difficulty.

Balanced scoring was an essential focus for the team, they can now regularly expect four players to score in double digits, boosting their points per game average back up to 80.1. 

Ottawa’s defence is still among the most elite in the nation, raking third in points against giving up only 62.6 per game, whereas their opponents this week are middle of the pack with nearly identical 77.9 and 77.4 averages. 

Of the two matchups, the key is Saturday’s tilt with Windsor, a team that matches up well with the Gee-Gees and is still considered among the top programs in the OUA. This year’s iteration of the Lancers may not have the same firepower as they have in recent history however they are still a force at the St. Denis Centre, where they are 4-1 so far this season.

Western has also seen a decline this season, as they try to find their identity without former star Greg Morrow. The Mustangs fate did look up in their most recent game, upsetting the division-leading Lancers by 25 points before getting 13 days rest ahead of their game against Ottawa.

Gee-Gees point guard Adam Presutti’s offensive game will be something to watch after two solid performances last weekend. If the fifth-year can continue to consistently average over 10 points per game, the Gee-Gees will have a much better chance at navigating the pre-playoff stretch.

Following this weekend series, the Gee-Gees will prepare for an anticipated matchup with the Carleton Ravens at the Capital Hoops Classic on February 3. Student tickets are on sale at the Client Services desks at Montpetit Hall and Minto Sports Complex. For the general public, tickets can be purchased online.