Five to Ponder: Playoffs?! Don't talk to RMC about playoffs ... except now, because they're in

Your games of the weekend, and the open discussion thread.

1. Alberta 3-3 at Calgary 2-0 (men's volleyball)

Our Fraser Caldwell on this series: "If you miss either of the two volleyball spectacles that these squads promise to put on this weekend, then you're not a fan of the sport." He continues, "How can you go wrong when you have two of the top three teams in the country playing a double header on the final weekend of the regular season? All with the top seed in Canada West very much on the line."

And with the Dinos' first loss of the season on Friday (in five sets), and another loss Saturday (in straight sets), it looks like he was right. No bye for the Dinos now; they will host UBC next weekend in a best-of-3.

2. Windsor 109 at Laurier 76 (men's basketball)

Big game here, or at least it was supposed to be. I had Laurier as about a 2 to 1 favourite...but this was not close. Windsor now clinches second place and a first-round bye along with Lakehead (who clinched first with a sweep of Brock). The most likely outcome now is Brock at Laurier, Western at McMaster in the semis, though I guess I should put a post together on the various scenarios sometime before Wednesday's game.

3. Alberta 1-4 at Saskatchewan 2-0 (men's hockey)

Our Evan Daum will be in Saskatoon for this one. It's another battle-for-first-place in Canada West. These teams have identical records, except for the Bears' Bettman points, and they were even tied in the RPI going into the weekend.

The first one sounds like it was a fun one: 2-1 Sask in OT. Saturday's game, not so much. 4-0 win for Alberta, Kurtis Mucha recording his second shutout of the year (stopping 34 of 34).

4. Windsor 3 at Toronto 2 (women's volleyball)

It was on the Blues to win both of these to knock the upstart Paladins out of the playoffs for the first time in recorded history. And, since the Blues lost in five sets (24-26, 23-25, 25-10, 25-21, 12-15), they are unable to catch RMC for the fourth spot in the OUA East, meaning the Paladins are in the playoffs.

In case you've forgotten, way back in December I said RMC would finish in fourth place with a 7-12 or 8-11 record. This has now happened. (The hometown paper has mentioned them precisely once in the last two weeks, and it was merely a brief. Once again, good effort.)

5. Carleton 102 at Toronto 75 (men's basketball)

Nothing is really at stake here, except Carleton's pride and undefeated season. Both teams have already clinched 1-2 in the OUA East, and will likely be in Hamilton on March 4 and 5 for the OUA Final Four. Of course, I'm only downplaying the game because a couple of us couldn't make it in person to liveblog. Watch it go triple OT now.

It did not go to OT; on the contrary, it barely went four quarters. Down 40-36 at the half and up 65-52 after three, the Ravens ended up breaking 100. Rather embarrassing home loss for U of T, who have now lost to Carleton by 20+ points, twice.
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