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Road trip running through the 6

Thursday January 21, 2016
Gee-Gees in action.
Richard A. Whittaker

The no. 1 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team is the only CIS team which remains undefeated in the regular season. That status will be tested this weekend with a road trip to Toronto to face the improving Varsity Blues and the no. 5 ranked Ryerson Rams, with whom the Gee-Gees have enjoyed a healthy rivalry over the past five seasons.

The Gee-Gees have won the last eight matchups against Ryerson, dating back to February of 2013 and including an 84-75 score in last season’s CIS semi-final.

The Varsity Blues (3-4) have two one-point losses against Ryerson and Windsor this season as well as one and two-point victories over York and Queen’s last weekend, making their record somewhat open to interpretation. However, at home the Blues are 3-0 and fourth-year forward Devin Johnson leads the OUA with 25.3 points per game.

The Rams are coming off a pair of lopsided victories over York and Queen’s which heavily featured Kadeem Green and Aaron Best. Both players have been on the shelf for a large part of the season but seem to be operating at full speed in 2016, joining Adika Peter-McNeilly to form a veteran core of dangerous players.

All three Rams were in the starting lineup last March when the teams met in the CIS national semi-final. The Rams have led the CIS in three-pointers made per contest this year and have totalled 89.3 points per game which paces the OUA and ranks second nationally. Ottawa is not far behind at 86.1 points per game.

For the Gee-Gees, all-star forward Caleb Agada is unlikely to dress after suffering an ankle injury in the final minute of Saturday’s win over Carleton. Mike L’Africain currently leads the CIS in free throw percentage at 94.7 per cent, having missed just once this season in 19 attempts.

Both games will be webcast on and tip off at 8 p.m.