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Top Ten Update: Men’s Basketball is Preseason no. 1, Soccer to host top teams

Tuesday November 3, 2015
Gee-Gees in action.
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will open up the regular season this weekend as the no. 1 ranked team in the nation, earning the most votes in the opening basketball Top Ten. The women’s soccer team advanced to the OUA Final Four, which will be hosted at Matt Anthony Field November 7-8, and remain ranked no. 3 this week.

Men’s basketball collected an 8-1 record through three CIS exhibition tournaments in October, with the lone loss coming on Sunday in the final game of the Jack Donohue Tournament when McGill edged the garnet and grey 74-70. Ottawa was ranked no. 1 for four weeks in 2014-15 but have never entered the season ranked no. 1. The Gee-Gees received 11 of 47 first place votes in one of the tightest CIS Top Ten votes which saw six teams receive a no. 1 vote. The OUA is once again well represented with six teams in the Top Ten. Ottawa opens the regular season at home against the unranked Nipissing Lakers on Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Women’s soccer will look to defend its OUA championship on home turf, and will meet no. 6 ranked Laurier (13-2-2) in the conference semifinal on Saturday November 7 at 2 p.m. Ottawa has spent the last four polls in the no. 3 position after climbing to no. 2 midseason. The Gee-Gees remain undefeated with a 14-0-3 overall record. Also competing for the OUA Championship this weekend will be the no. 2 ranked York Lions (16-0-1), and the unranked Queen’s Gaels (9-2-7). Tickets are available online.

Of note, the women’s rugby team was seeded third at the CIS Championship which will kick off with Ottawa taking on St. FX at 1 p.m., Thursday. The seeding was determined by the results of the 2014 national tournament, however Ottawa may be considered the top team at the tournament based on their final Top Ten ranking of no. 2. The previously no. 1 ranked Guelph Gryphons will not be at the CIS Championship after an upset in the OUA playoffs.