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Men's basketball in Toronto this weekend

Friday January 15, 2010

Weekend preview

Men’s basketball (8-2 OUA, 18-7 overall)

@ University of Toronto (6-4 OUA) Friday, January 15, 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
@ Ryerson University (4-6 OUA) Saturday, January 16, 8:00 p.m. (


*The Gee-Gees won both of their games at home last weekend in their first action back from the holidays.

* The Gee-Gees lost a close game to the Varsity Blues earlier this season in exhibition play at the annual Jack Donohue tournament. The Blues went on to win the championship game against Cape Breton.
*The Gee-Gees hold a 19-17 head-to-head record against the University of Toronto and a 20-15 record against Ryerson.

*The Gee-Gees are back in the CIS top-ten rankings this week and ranked No.9, just one ahead of the No. 10 Varsity Blues.

*“It’s nice to be back in the rankings, I think it’s something our guys deserve,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro. “But I think the hardest part is staying in the rankings.”

*First-year Brampton, Ont., natives Akeem Gardner and Kemeish Edwards are expected to be back this weekend after not having played the past two games due to injuries.

*Fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) was this week’s uOttawa male athlete of the week. Gibson-Bascombe combined for 59 points, 12 steals and 6 rebounds last weekend. He leads the OUA and is ranked fourth in the CIS for steals with 28 and is fifth in OUA for points per game with 19.70.

* “The game against Toronto will set the standard for the rest of this year’s match-ups,” explained DeAveiro, who notes that he himself was coached by Toronto’s head coach Mike Katz and has learned a lot about coaching from him. “There is a mutual respect between us,” he added.