- Carleton: In the wake of the Ravens' unexpectedly tight 75-73 win over Ottawa on Saturday, it seems obvious that there's some great organizing principle that ensures every Canal War clash will go down to the last shot.
The Ravens never betrayed a hint that they thought they might lose, even after each of Ottawa guard Donnie Gibson's three lead-changing shots in the fourth quarter. Don't read too much into this result. Honestly, it seemed like it was meant to be for the Ravens from the point early in the second half when Aaron Doornekamp front-rimmed a three-pointer and had the ball drop through.
- Brandon: The Bobcats host Regina in the best-of-3 Plains Division final next week.
- Calgary: Will host a best-of-3 Central Division final vs. Alberta, whom they beat 3-out-of-4 in the regular season.
- Acadia: A pair of easy wins over Memorial wrapped up top spot for the Axemen. A tip of the cap to Leonil Saintil, whose 262 rebounds on the season are a conference record -- with two games to spare.
- Cape Breton: A split at Saint Mary's next weekend would give the Capers second place and the all-important rest day before the semi-final at the AUS Final 6.
- Windsor: Small forward Kevin Kloostra, whose season has been marred by an injured knee, had a six-minute cameo in Saturday's regular-season finale vs. Waterloo. Let's keep our ears peeled for word on how much he'll be able to contribute in the playoffs. The Lancers (17-5 in the OUA West) will host the lowest surviving seed in a conference semi-final next Saturday.
- Toronto: Fifth-year point guard Mike DeGiorgio had an 11-point, 12-assist double-double in an 100-78 rout of Ryerson that secured home court for next Saturday's OUA East semi, likely against Ottawa.
- UBC: The T-Birds are still standing after a two-game sweep of Fraser Valley in the first round; Victoria can't be considered too big an underdog for the final. They were behind by double digits in Game 1. The closer, a 72-66 win, was nip-tuck all the way, as Bryson Kool (20 points) and Blain Labranche (13 points on a perfect shooting night) made up for a tough night by Chris Dyck (4-for-11).
- Alberta: Guards Alex Steele (13 points on 5-of-7, plus six assists) and Andrew Parker (16 points on 6-of-10) found their form to help the Golden Bears get past Saskatchewan and Andrew Spagrud 76-61 in Game 3 of the division semi-final on Sunday. The X factor in the division final vs. the Dinos is probably going to be taking care of the ball; Alberta beat Saskatchewan despite having 55 turnovers over the three games. Granted, you can expect that with teams that are playing each other for the fifth or sixth time. By that point, there are no surprises.
- Laval: Rouge et Or guard Jean-François Beaulieu-Maheux had such a hot hand that he had to stick it in a snowbank afterward for his own safety. He was 17-of-23 from three-point range over the weekend. Some players don't shoot 17-of-23 from the foul line in practice.
- Ottawa: The Gee-Gees got an idea of how they'll have to play in the post-season in that two-point loss to Carleton. Gibson and Sean Peter (22 points, but only four after the half) responded well at times to having a lot put on them.
- Brock: The Badgers await their semi-final game after getting good games out of both Brad Rootes and Mike Kemp in Saturday's regular-season finale vs. Laurier. They'll likely see a surging Western team next Saturday in St. Catharines.
- St. Francis Xavier: The X-Men can still sneak into second in the AUS if they win their last three and Saint Mary's sweeps Cape Breton next weekend.
Hoops: Tracking the Top 10
The cough-and-cold bug seems to have subsided enough to provide a rundown on how the top teams made out over the weekend. Among the leagues who haven't begun their playoffs, the Atlantic is the most up in the air. St. FX and Saint Mary's still have a mathematical possibility at snatching the first-round playoff bye away from Cape Breton.