Hoops: Tubthumping for Toronto

The coaches who participate in the CIS Top 10 poll sure can't be accused of being Toronto-centric.

Coach Mike Katz's U of T Varsity Blues (13-4, 6-2 OUA) have been left out of the Top 10 in the final coaches' poll of the calendar year, even though according to the Cheers RPI rankings, they're the fifth-best team in the country. The U of T just beat Windsor, who was ranked No. 2 in the country not too long ago. Throw in their October win over the Calgary Dinos, who are playing as well as anyone, and Katz's crew has shown they probably merit being ranked.

There is something of a rooting interest on this end. The Blues were only a couple baskets here or there from going to the Final 8 last season, the CIS championship is about the only tournament Katz hasn't coached in, nd it would be great to see a U of T team enjoy a winning moment in a marquee sport after all the coverage of the football team's 49-game losing streak this fall. Leaving both the Blues and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (11-3, 7-1 OUA) out of the Top 10 seems odd, though. The fact two of U of T's four losses came against .500 teams probably doesn't boost their case.

The Blues, with a steady handle in fifth-year guard in Mike DeGiorgio, will get plenty of chances to prove themselves after Christmas.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees have the sixth-best RPI, but are also unranked. For the record, here's the new Top 10, with overall records vs. CIS competition:
  1. Carleton (14-0, 8-0)
  2. Acadia (10-2, 5-1)
  3. Concordia (7-2, 3-1)
  4. UBC (12-2, 10-2)
  5. Brandon (13-3, 9-1)
  6. Saint Mary's (13-4, 4-2)
  7. Calgary (11-2, 9-1)
  8. Windsor (9-4, 5-3)
  9. Alberta (12-4, 7-3)
  10. Guelph (11-4, 6-2)
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