Thursday, March 17, 2005

March Madness... Canuck-style 

The brackets are drawn. Tip-off is about ready to go.

Although (unfortunately) perennially lost in the huge shadow of our southern neighbour's college tourney, the Canadian version of March Madness also kicks off today, with both Ottawa universities in the hunt.

Almost two weeks to the day after they clashed in a thrilling OUA East Final, The Ravens and GeeGees may be on a collision course for another meeting. If the 9th-seeded GeeGees can sneak by 8th seed Brandon, they'll earn a Saturday rematch with their crosstown rivals from Carleton and their newly named all-stars (warning: behind the Citizen wall). The last two have been tight and most teams in the tourney think Carleton's ripe for a fall after having had more than their share of luck during their 75-game run. We'll see. While the intangible and elusive "ability to win" is often overrated, it's not completely unfounded. Their experience is valuable. Regardless, they're not invulnerable. Their only loss (granted it was in an exhibition tournament) to a Canadian team this year came at the hands of 6th seed Victoria.

For those of you who are subscribers, the Citizen has a great rundown of all ten teams in the tourney.

The CIS tournament site has lots of info, including the tournament bracket.

No coverage of the early games (including the potential Gee Gee-Raven rematch), but the semis and finals are on TSN.