Dave DeAveiro, of No. 5-seeded Ottawa (which plays No. 4 Western): "It's frustrating. The three times we've been to nationals, we've been on the same side as Carleton. And I don't understand how all three teams from Ontario are on the same side. We've been playing each other all year and now we have to do it again. I don't understand how the decision came about, but it is what it is. You've got to beat everybody to win, anyways."The Citizen's report adds:
Dave Smart, of No. 1 Carleton (which could end up facing two teams it has beaten within the past seven days): "It's unfortunate because we basically have just played that tournament the last week."
National Association of Basketball Coaches of Canada President James Hillis, a non-voting member of the committee, said voting members Mike Katz of Toronto, Craig Norman of McGill, Ross Quackenbush of Saint Mary's and Mike Connelly of Lethbridge felt "other factors" were more important than avoiding intra-conference matchups.Yes and no. One of the strongest points came from cishoops.ca, which calls this "the latest in a series of decisions that seem to put fans and the marketing of the game we love in the background, the potential for six very intriguing quarter and semi-final matchups that would require coaches to prepare for new teams, players to get a taste of different, championship-level play from around the country and fans to watch contrasting styles of play with some mystery around how things might shape up is greatly diminished."
CIS seeding rules state that early-round games between teams from the same conference should be avoided where possible, but that should only be done "without affecting the integrity of the seeds," Hillis said. "We can't make decisions based strictly on marketing or any of those kinds of external things."
No disrespect, and we're all free to agree to disagree, but it's hard to see how you get that with 3 OUA teams on one half of the bracket. Mark Wacyk also said he would have seeded Ottawa third and UBC fourth just to break up the log jam. I wish I'd had the guts to say that on Saturday. Western did win its division and lost by 14 at home to Carleton in the playoffs, which is a toss-up with losing by 21 on the road.
Draw places Ottawa teams in rerun of playoffs; Basketball nationals see Ravens, Gee-Gees on same side of bracket (Wayne Kondro, Ottawa Citizen)