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U Sports Top Ten Tuesday: Ravens Basketball teams sit No.1 & 2 in the country

Written by Carleton Sports Information

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OTTAWA, ON — In the last U Sports national rankings of the 2016 calendar year, the Carleton Ravens basketball programs remain in enviable positions in the polls as both the women’s and men’s teams wrapped up OUA play last weekend ahead of the December schedule break.

MEN’S BASKETBALL:

For an eighth consecutive poll, Carleton owns the top spot in the national rankings, once again coming in at No.1 this week after earning two key Top Ten victories over Brock (Dec. 2) and McMaster (Dec. 3) at the Ravens’ Nest last weekend.

Senior Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) is fourth in U Sports scoring at 24.2 points per game, while backcourt running mate Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) is leading the country with 7.4 assists per game.

Carleton received 45 of 46 first-place votes in the sixth poll of the season. The Ravens remain undefeated against CIS competition in 2016-17, holding an 11-0 record through the preseason and regular season schedule.

The Ravens’ next competitive fixture will come on the road in the new year as Carleton heads south to Waterloo, ON to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks on January 6.

MBB – U Sports Top Ten
(regular season record) / votes (1st place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Carleton (5-0) / 458 points (45) / (1)
2. UBC (8-0) / 412 (1) / (2)
3. Calgary (7-1) / 354 / (3)
4. Ottawa (5-0) / 340 / (4)
5. Ryerson (7-0) / 262 / (6)
6. Brock (4-2) / 221 / (5)
7. McGill (3-1) / 144 / (8)
8. Alberta (10-0) / 141 / (9)
9. McMaster (3-4) / 133 / (7)
10. Dalhousie (5-2) / 63 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Memorial (1), Laval (1)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

An impressive 77-51 win over No.1 McMaster at the Ravens’ Nest along with a comfortable victory over the Brock Badgers has lifted the Ravens from the No.4 spot in the Top Ten to No.2 in the country in the latest poll.

Carleton was dominant in the win over the previously unbeaten Marauders, who were limited offensively by an aggressive Ravens defence that ranks second in the country, allowing just 48.8 points per game.

Head coach Taffe Charles’ team received 19 first-place votes, while the new No. 1 team, Laval, merited 22 first-place votes. McMaster (No. 3) received the other two votes. With the exception of a one-point loss to Regina at the Cougar Classic in early October, Carleton has defeated three of other four top-five teams in the country.

The Ravens’ next challenge will come out east as the team gears up for a Maritime showcase at the Thunder Selects Tournament in Halifax, NS. Carleton will take on the Dalhousie Tigers in the opening game on December 28, before going up against No. 8 Saint Mary’s (Dec. 29) and Acadia (Dec. 30) on the following days. OUA foes McMaster and Queen’s will round out the six-team round-robin competition.

WBB – U Sports Top Ten
(regular season record) / votes (1st place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Laval (4-0) / 527 points (23) / (3)
2. Carleton (4-1) / 525 (19) / (4)
3. McMaster (6-1) / 479 (2) / (1)
4. Regina (6-2) / 438 (3) / (2)
5. Queen’s (6-0) / 363 / (6)
6. Ryerson (6-1) / 293 / (8)
7. Windsor (7-1) / 286 / (5)
8. Saint Mary’s (7-0) / 273 / (7)
9. Winnipeg (10-0) / 184 / (9)
10. UBC (8-0) / 146 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: UQAM (51), McGill (46)