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Basketball Preview: Carleton visits the Golden Horseshoe

Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information


Photo by Valerie Wutti


Carleton (9-4) looked like a true OUA contender last weekend at the Capital Hoops Classic with one of the team’s best performances of the 2015-16 season. By winning an important conference game against uOttawa, the Ravens have made a consistent effort to show their worth against top OUA teams this year. The team was able to snap a four-game drought against the Gee-Gees, and now they move on to another daunting set of road games in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario. 

Brock Badgers (NR)(OUA: 8-5/CIS: 13-8)
Friday, February 12, 2016 – 6 p.m. – Bob Davis Gymnasium

Series History:
Carleton has had limited success against Brock overall – just 5 wins in 2o contests – but the Ravens have won the past two matchups with the Badgers, including an OT road win in 2013 and a 3-point home victory last season.

2015-16 Season:
The Badgers have lost five regular season games to date, but none of their losses have been by more than 7 points. In other words, Brock plays all of its opponents tightly, and the team has a talented roster that can keep up with the best squads in the conference. The team was ranked in the CIS Top 10 for the first five polls of the season, so there is certainly a great deal of potential for this group.

Badgers by the Numbers:
Scoring – 67.6 PPG (OUA #8)/Leading Scorer – G Melissa Tatti: 11.7 PPG (23rd in OUA)
Rebounding – 42.4 RPG (OUA #5)/Leading Rebounder – F Kate Harpur: 8.8 RPG (T-8th OUA)
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McMaster Marauders (CIS #7)(OUA: 10-3/CIS: 15-6)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 6 p.m. – Burridge Gymnasium

Series History:
McMaster leads the all-time series with 12 wins to only 5 losses, and has won the past two outings against Carleton. The two teams have never met this late in the regular season before, and with both teams on the rise, something has to give in this cross-divisional tilt.

2015-16 Season:
McMaster is 8-2 in its past ten games and the team was ranked #1 in the CIS to start the season. Since then, the Marauders have remained in the Top 10 throughout the regular season and should be in the running to host the OUA Final 4 with a strong finish to the regular season.

Marauders by the Numbers:
Scoring – 74.1 PPG (OUA #3)/Leading Scorer – G Danielle Boiago: 17.4 PPG (3rd in OUA)
Rebounding – 39.5 RPG (OUA #9)/Leading Rebounder – F Clare Kenney: 9.5 RPG (T-4th OUA)



The Ravens (10-3) are under a bit of pressure this weekend to secure a couple of wins following a second loss to Ottawa in last weekend’s Capital Hoops Classic. A Ravens men’s basketball team hasn’t lost four regular season games since the 99-00 campaign, but Carleton faces two CIS Top 10 teams in hostile environments on the western shores of Lake Ontario this weekend. It will be a good measuring stick for Rob Smart’s contingent as the Ravens look to remain in striking distance of hosting an OUA quarter-final playoff game.

Brock Badgers (CIS #5)(OUA: 10-3/CIS: 17-3)
Friday, February 12, 2016 – 8 p.m. – Bob Davis Gymnasium

Series History:
Brock last tasted success against the Ravens in the 2006-2007 regular season, two seasons before the Badgers would go on their unlikely run to a second CIS men’s basketball championship title at the 2008 Final 8. Carleton has owned the series over the past decade, however, winning nine consecutive matchups by an average margin of 27 points per game.

2015-16 Season:
The Badgers (10-3) are going through a renaissance campaign following seven sub .500 seasons under three different coaches. The 2015-16 team, led by third-year head coach Charles Kissi, has meshed well and has enjoyed success through most of the season, with several new faces making contributions right away. CIS POY candidate Dani Elgadi has been tearing up the competition on both ends of the floor, so the Ravens will need to pay special attention to the 6-foot-7 forward.

Badgers by the Numbers:
Scoring – 79.8 (OUA #5)/Leading Scorer – F Dani Elgadi: 20.5 PPG (5th in OUA)
Rebounding – 45.6 (OUA #1)/Leading Rebounder – F Dani Elgadi: 12.4 RPG (1st in OUA)
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McMaster Marauders (CIS #6)(OUA: 9-5/CIS: 13-4 )
Saturday, Febraury 13, 2016 – 8 p.m. – Burridge Gymnasium

Series History:
It has been a one-sided series between the Ravens and the Marauders over the past fifteen years, which includes an eighteen-game unbeaten run for Carleton dating back to 2001.

2015-16 Season:
McMaster seems to be an OUA contender each season, and the 2015-16 campaign is no exception. The Marauders have put together a solid year thus far, but last weekend’s road debacle to middle-of-the-pack Lakehead has them stuttering. With games against Carleton and the Gee-Gees this weekend, McMaster could see its OUA playoff seeding crumble and its place in the CIS Top 10 disappear.

Marauders by the Numbers:
Scoring – 85.4 PPG (OUA #3)/Leading Scorer – F Leon Alexander: 18.5 PPG (9th in OUA)
Rebounding – 39.2(OUA #7)/Leading Rebounder – F Troy Joseph: 7.7 RPG (T-6th in OUA)