The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will host three games against NCAA competition in August, starting with a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday, August 10. Ottawa will also travel to Montreal to play one game against the University of New Hampshire.
All five of Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin’s newly recruited players: Chase Tynes, Alex Muise, Borys Minger, Josh Stephens, and Acadia transfer Sean Stoqua, are expected to suit up in August. Brody Maracle and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles will begin their final U SPORTS seasons, although Pierre-Charles will miss the exhibition action while travelling with Team Canada to the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.
There is plenty of buzz surrounding Alabama this summer. Leading scorer Braxton Key withdrew from the NBA Draft and returns for 2017-18, giving the Tide four returning starters as well as a powerful recruiting class headlined by All-American guard Collin Sexton. Led by head coach Avery Johnson, Alabama reached the National Invitational Tournament with a no. 3 seed in 2017 and held a 19-15 overall record.
Following the neutral site game against New Hampshire (20-12 overall in 2016-17, America East semi-finalists) Canisius College will be next on the docket, making the trip up from Buffalo on August 22. Last year’s roster featured four Canadians and the Griffins have added a Canadian freshman heading into 2017-18, making them a key recruiting rival for Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. Canisius went 10-10 in MAAC play last season and 17-14 overall.
To finish up, the Gee-Gees will host the Ramapo College Roadrunners on August 28. A Division Three squad out of New Jersey, Ramapo comes off a 26-3 season which took them to the second round of the Division Three national tournament.
uOttawa first hosted an NCAA team in August of 2003, hosting at least one team each season until last year’s trip to Costa Rica which included five games with three victories. In the last three seasons, Ottawa is 7-8 overall against NCAA competition. Ottawa last travelled to Montreal for NCAA competition in 2014, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 109-101.
Gee-Gees 2017 NCAA Schedule:
August 10 vs Alabama - Montpetit Hall – 6:30 p.m. (WEBCAST ON OUA.TV)
August 21 vs New Hampshire – collège Jean-de-Brébeuf , Montreal – 6:30 p.m. (changed from original time and location)
August 22 vs Canisius – Montpetit Hall - 7:30 p.m.
August 28 vs Ramapo College – Montpetit Hall - 7 p.m.