In conjunction with Martin Timmerman over at usportshoops.ca, CUSN’s poll voters consists of 13 media members scattered throughout the four conferences of differing ages and affiliations. The panel members are (with Twitter handles if applicable):
1. Jordan Henry – @Jor_Henry
2. Mitch Robson – @_mitchrobson
3. Spencer Murdock – @SpencerMurdock
4. Ryan Sura – @RyanSura18
5. Mark Wacyk – @cishoops
6. Mike Still – @mikestill94
7. Neate Sager – @n8sager
8. Satbir Singh – @SatbirSingh_
9. Brian Swane – @BrianSwane
10. Allan April – @allan_april
11. Martin Timmerman – @martintimmerman
12. Julian McKenzie – @jkamckenzie
13. David Wells
With the OUA and Canada West back in full swing and the AUS starting up on Wednesday night here’s how the second edition of the media poll shakes out.
#1 – Carleton Ravens
Last Week Ranking: #1
Past Week Results: 77-67 W vs Providence (NCAA)
The Ravens had a statement win, not just for the program but basketball in Canada with the ten point victory over Providence (a team that is predicted to finish in the top four in the Big East) this past weekend. Much has been made of the personnel changes for this Ravens this year but you can’t say they haven’t answered the bell going through the pre-season with a 10-2 record vs Non-Canadian competition and 6-0 vs U SPORTS competition. Ravens open their conference schedule this weekend with a pair of games at The Ravens Nest against Algoma and Guelph. A pair of games the Ravens should win, but they will need to avoid complacency against a pair of athletic teams.
#2 – Brock Badgers
Last Week Ranking: #2
Past Week Results: 83-58 W vs Western / 80-70 W vs Laurier
Brock opened the U SPORTS regular season conference schedule with a comfortable 83-58 victory over Western before struggling (at times) in an 80-70 win over Laurier. A ton of promise for Brock this year in the lighter OUA West Division but one of Charles Kissi’s biggest flaws from last season was his inability to trust the bench mob going only 6/7 deep in the rotation against Western and Laurier. Badgers get their first taste of road basketball this weekend as they travel to York & Queens on Friday and Saturday.
T-3 – Ryerson Rams
Last Week Ranking: #3
Past Week Results: 84-58 W vs Algoma
A TIE?! YES! A TIE! Alberta and Ryerson tied with 91 points in this week’s media poll. Ryerson had a bumpy 84-58 victory over Algoma on Friday night without the services of Manny Diressa, Adam Voll, Keevon Small and Nathan Culbreath. 7’2 Senegalese Prospect Tanor Ngom started and had an efficient 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks in the victory. No update on any of the injured Rams as they continue on the road this weekend in Windsor and Western before the home-opener against #2 Brock a week from Wednesday.
T-3 – Alberta Golden Bears
Last Week Ranking: #5
Past Week Results: 88-76 W vs TWU / 93-52 W vs TWU
Alberta cruised to a pair of victories against Trinity Western past Friday and Saturday with the rotation going 11/12 players deep in the pair of victories. Alberta doesn’t have a true test until the new year when they get a home-and-home with Calgary to open up 2018. The Golden Bears travel to Winnipeg for a pair of weekend games against the Wesmen on Friday/Saturday.
#5 – Calgary Dinos
Last Week Ranking: #4
Past Week Results: 69-53 W vs UNBC / 85-75 W vs UNBC
Mambi Diawara was ELECTRIC in a pair of victories for the Dino’s against UNBC on Friday and Saturday in Prince George. Diawara had 38 & 25 points in the two games. Lucas Mannes, the Trinity Western transfer showed some flashes against NCAA competition earlier in the pre-season before sustaining an injury. Look for him to make his return to the rotation this Friday & Saturday in our #CUSNMBBGOTW against the UBC Thunderbirds at The Jack.
#6 – UBC Thunderbirds
Last Week Ranking: #7
Past Week Results: 111-78 W vs UFV / 105-64 W vs UFV
13 players scored in double digits as the UBC offense EXPLODED for 111 and 105 points in a pair of victories of UFV last weekend. Phil Jalapoor has found his stroke shooting 7/13 from three-point land in the wins. Still with the injury to Conor Morgan UBC will be in tough against #5 Calgary on the road this weekend with game son Friday & Saturday.
#7 – McGill Redmen
Last Week Ranking: #10
Past Week Results: 94-58 W vs Nipissing / 81-60 W vs Ottawa
The problem with RSEQ Basketball in year’s past is that it’s been difficult to judge teams against out of conference opponents when the RSEQ is only 5 teams deep. McGill had a statement win over Ottawa on Saturday night using their lockdown defense to secure a 21 point victory over the Gee-Gees, a victory that just bolsters the resume of last season’s RSEQ Champions who made it to the final four at nationals in Halifax. It’s a week off for the Redmen now before opening up RSEQ play on November 9th vs Laval.
#8 – Dalhousie Tigers
Last Week Ranking: #8
Past Week Results:
The Tigers finished up the Pre-Season winning a pair of games over the weekend to win the STFX Invitational defeating Cape Breton and St FX. Based on the pre-season resume they’re the best team in the AUS right now even after the losses of Kashrell Lawrence and Ritchie Kanza Mata from last year. They open up AUS Conference play on Wednesday hosting St Fx at home and travelling to play St FX on Saturday to open up the season.
#9 – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Last Week Ranking: #6
Past Week Results: 81-60 L vs McGill / 79-59 W vs Laval
Ottawa wrapped up the pre season with a loss and win this past weekend against McGill and Laval. Coach James Derouin is dealing with a lot of new faces on his roster and the road game at a great defensive team like McGill is a classic trap game. Gee-Gees have a ton of weapons on the roster which opens up OUA conference play this weekend against ALgoma & Guelph
#10 – Acadia Axemen
Last Week Ranking: #9
Past Week Results: Idle
Acadia was idle this past week. This year’s Final 8 hosts open up AUS conference play with a Saturday/Sunday tango with the Memorial Sea-Hawks.
Other Teams Receiving Votes
Laurentian Voyageurs – Laurentian opens up their OUA schedule with a pair of home games against Waterloo and Laurier this weekend.
Lethbridge Pronghorns – Pronghorns swept Brandon last weekend and travel to MacEwan this week searching for respect in The Canada West.
York Lions – York was excited about the vote they received last week, they opened up under new coach Nate Philippe with a 90-78 victory over Lakehead. Brock & McMaster make their way to Tait McKenzie for a pair of home games for the Lions.
Windsor Lancers – After defeating Guelph last weekend 90-80 the Lancers prepare to host Ryerson and U of T this weekend at home.
Official Poll Results
CUSN Media Poll
U Sports Men’s Basketball
October 30, 2017
(U Sports record) / (regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Carleton (6-0) / (0-0) / 129 pts (12) / (1)
2. Brock (5-0) / (2-0) / 111 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (6-0) / (2-0) / 91 / (5)
4. Ryerson (2-2) / (1-0) / 91 / (3)
5. Calgary (7-1) / (2-0) / 81 / (4)
6. UBC (7-0) / (2-0) / 63 / (7)
7. McGill (5-2) / (0-0) / 54 / (10)
8. Dalhousie (8-1) / (0-0) / 44 / (8)
9. Ottawa (7-1) / (0-0) / 35 / (6)
10. Acadia (4-3) / (0-0) / 7 / (9)
Other teams receiving votes: Laurentian (5), Lethbridge (2)
Still more teams receiving votes: York (1), Windsor (1)
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