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Weekend preview - MEN’S BASKETBALL

Friday January 30, 2009

MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-2 OUA, 21-7 overall):

Host Laurentian (2-13 OUA) Friday, January 30, (8:00 p.m.) 
Host York (4-11 OUA) Saturday, January 31 (8:00 p.m.)



* uOttawa continues a program-high No. 2 in this week's CIS Top-Ten for a third consecutive week.


* Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright will start for the first time for the Gee-Gees Friday. The Utica, NY native has scored a team-high 17.2 points-per-game in five regular season games since joining uOttawa at Christmas.


* The Gee-Gees suffered a 15-point loss (87-72) Wednesday to No. 1 Carleton in a record-setting third MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place.


* A Canadian Interuniversity Sport paid men's regular season record basketball crowd of 10,523 attended the game, which saw uOttawa race to a 6-0 lead early in the game only to see the end to a 13-game win streak. The contest was played at night following a day-long driving snowstorm in the Ottawa region.


* uOttawa has won eight of nine games against the Voyageurs over the last five seasons, including 83-64 Jan. 17 at Sudbury, out-scoring Laurentian 698-564 overall.


* The Gee-Gees have won five if nine games against the Lions over the last five seasons, including an 86-57 January 16 at Toronto, out-scoring York a combined 686-594.


* Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro, in his eighth season, stands to tie the uOttawa all-time coaching wins record with a victory.  A Toronto native who played with the Gee-Gees for five seasons (1985-89), DeAveiro has a career regular season coaching record of 108-61 and is 165-104 overall, one overall win back of Jack Eisenmann, who finished 83-115 in the regular season and with a 166-221 overall record while coaching uOttawa men’s basketball over 12 seasons from 1989-1990 to 2000-01.


* uOttawa hosts the seventh annual Clint Dunning Classic high school tournament at Montpetit Hall this weekend. Sixteen teams from Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto and Sudbury will compete from Friday, January 39 through the championship final Sunday at 1:30 p.m.