Basketball: OUA Men - The view from the top (and bottom)

To be the man, you've got to beat the Carleton Ravens.

The squad is now the only undefeated hoopsters in the OUA (6–0), after clobbering the Western Mustangs 91–66 and beating the Windsor Lancers 78–59 this past weekend.

With the revolving door of talent coming in and out of the program, coach Dave Smart is getting the most out of his premier players. Guard Phil Scrubb, in his first season of play, is making the most of his minutes, scoring 26 points on 57 per cent shooting against the Mustangs. He is now averaging 19 points per game this season.

The Ravens also avoided the trap game against Windsor, working their way back against a talented Lancers squad. After trailing 24–19 to start the game, they scored 59 points in the final three quarters. Shooting 46 per cent for the game, five players scored in the double digits, with Scrubb and Elliot Thompson scoring 12 points apiece.

The Ravens are brimming with confidence and a sterling top ranking, but they are not the only squad sporting a goose egg in the win-loss column.

The RMC Paladins, in averaging 40 points and 28 rebounds this weekend, are the last squad in the OUA without a victory. Scott James' Paladins marched into Thunder Bay to face Lakehead Nov. 19 and headed to Hamilton to take on McMaster the next day, and gave up 176 total points and 94 total rebounds in their losses—75–41 and 101–39 respectively. To say the least, the Paladins could be staring at a goose egg come season end.

As for the rest of the OUA, three squads—the U of T Varsity Blues, Lakehead Thunderwolves and the Lancers— are all chasing Carleton, moving to 5–1 with wins this weekend. The Blues defeated the Brock Badgers and Guelph Gryphons, and the Voyageurs clobbered the Paladins and Queen's Golden Gaels. Blues forward Drazen Glisic was a standout against the Badgers, scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The Voyageurs' Ryan Thomson scored 14 points on 46 per cent shooting against the Golden Gaels. The only loss by the Ravens' closest competitors was by the Lancers, and that came against those very Ravens.
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  1. I think you meant Lakehead Thunderwolves...LU (Laurentian) is 2-4