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Top Ten Update: Big Weekend Ahead for Ranked Teams

Wednesday February 10, 2016
Erica Roberts, Eric Zeitoun

The uOttawa men’s swimming team will take to the pool at the OUA Championships this week as the no. 7 ranked team in the nation and with a strong chance to finish in the OUA’s top three teams for the first time under head coach Dave Heinbuch. The Gee-Gees basketball teams will also be up against top competition this week, travelling to McMaster and Brock for a highly anticipated showdown. The no. 8 ranked women’s hockey team continues its push for home ice advantage in the playoffs, and can vault ahead of the no. 3 McGill Martlets when the teams face in Montreal this Sunday.
In men’s basketball, no. 2 Ottawa improved its record to 12-1 with a victory over no. 3 ranked Carleton and both teams held onto their respective rankings from the previous week. The Gee-Gees opponents this week, no. 6 McMaster and no. 5 Brock, have been ranked behind uOttawa all season long. McMaster (9-4) had lost to just Brock and no. 1 Ryerson before suffering back-to-back losses at Lakehead when the team was last in action two weeks ago. Brock was dropped one spot in the rankings this week thanks to a 104-79 loss at Ryerson. The games, on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., will be webcast on
The women’s basketball team’s winning streak was halted at the Capital Hoops Classic, sending the Gee-Gees (11-2) down one spot to no. 9 this week. If the team can repeat its exhibition win over no. 7 McMaster (10-3), that ranking may slide up once more. Brock (8-5) is not ranked this week but began the season ranked no. 6 and are a strong defensive squad.
The women’s hockey team held steady at no. 8 this week, posting a 1-1 record over the weekend to sit at 10-6-1 overall. The Gee-Gees are just one point back of McGill (10-5-2) and have split the season series 2-2 thus far. With just three games remaining in the regular season, Sunday’s 3 p.m. game will be crucial in determining home ice advantage.