uOttawa, Carleton Big B-Ball Game On TV From Toronto


Some footage from this year’s Capital Hoops Classic. The Gee-Gees defeated the Ravens for the first time since 2007.

Basketball fans rejoice … you will be able to see the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens play at 5 p.m. Friday on Rogers Cable 22.

The men’s semi-final of the Wilson Cup, the Ontario university championship, is being held in Toronto. A shame the two Ottawa teams can’t play at home where earlier this year the Capital Hoops Classic drew about 10,000 people to the Canadian Tire Centre. Another game between the two was sold out months in advance at the Carleton’s Ravens Nest.

Katie Mueller, marketing director for Ontario University Athletics, confirmed to The Bulldog Wednesday that the game has been picked up by Rogers Toronto which in turn will feed the game to its Ottawa outlet.

The second game between Ryerson and Windsor will also be broadcast at 8 p.m.

The final will be streamed live through OUA-TV at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Mueller said the CIS finals and semis will be broadcast the following weekend from Vancouver on Sportsnet.

Too bad really the Canadian media are not catching on to the boom in basketball in this country. NCAA March Madness will feature many Canadian players at U.S. universities.

Furthermore, two former Ravens Phil Scrubb and Aaron Doernekamp play with the Canadian National Team, getting real minutes with the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph and a host of NBA stars.

As well, media types would do well to note the Ravens’ record against NCAA competition including a 95-82 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in 2013. The Badgers went all the way to the Final Four that season.

For an account of that game, check out this story on ESPN. Sometimes it appears the U.S. media has a better idea of what’s going on in Ottawa basketball than the local folks.

When you consider the disadvantages the Ravens and Gee-Gees have in recruiting good Canadian players versus the big scholarships in the U.S., the uOttawa and Carleton programs are nothing short of miraculous.

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