Each Tuesday, we'll take a look at the CIS men's hoops rankings and analyze the movement of the nation's best teams.
(Official CIS rankings; RPI standings)
No. 4 - St. Francis Xavier X-Men: Up to no. 4 from no. 5 after winning two games by a combined 61 points. It's a move sure to get attention from their many questioners. The X-men have been beaten by both of their main AUS rivals this year in Cape Breton and Dalhousie, yet have apparently impressed voters enough in their wins, as well as taking the Rod Shoveller tournament over the break to stay inside the top-5 all year. Personally, I'm one of those questioners, and I'll be more convinced when and if they can beat one of their quality opponents again. They'll get that chance on the 19th at home against Cape Breton.
No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans: Up from no. 7. They're 9th in the RPI and play in the same conference as two powerhouses, but I don't think this is a team people should be sleeping on. It's one thing to beat up on lowly teams as your All-Star forward fiends points and rebounds. It's another thing to do that consistently over the course of a year, as the Spartans have done all year. They've won 12 in a row now by an average of 22 points per game. I'm looking forward to them playing Saskatchewan on the 28th and 29th.
No. 6 Windsor Lancers: Up from no. 8. I think it's overdue for this team to be moving up in the top-10. Yes, they got thoroughly outclassed by Carleton in November, but it's looking like they're ready to pull away from the (pretty damn good) pack in the OUA West. The no. 6 spot now matches their RPI rank.
No. 7 Concordia Stingers and no. 8 Laval Rouge et Or: They're separated by just 8 points in the coaches' poll, and rightly so after splitting their two meetings so far this year. They were no. 4 and 6, respectively, last week, but I think it's becoming apparent to the coaches that the OUA and Canada West are simply the best leagues right now.
Noah Burshtein of the Ubyssey has a nice piece on Thunderbirds guard Nathan Yu, who is now coming off the bench, but just as always helping UBC win tons of basketball games.
If you haven't checked out Windsor coach Chris Oliver's twitter, it's one of the better OUA/CIS-related twitter accounts.
THE "FINEST HINZ" PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Carleton's Tyson Hinz against Toronto (29 points on 17 shots, 13 rebounds, four assists).
THE "NO-SMYLES" STAT LINE TO FORGET OF THE WEEK:
SMU's Antonio "I can't really see for" Myles against UPEI (0 for 2, four rebounds, four turnovers in 21 minutes before fouling out).
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