• Friday, March 8, 2019
  • 3:00 PM
  • Halifax, N/A - Halifax Metro Centre
  • Box Score
Score1234Final
Golden Bears151791960
Carleton Ravens18332029100
Bears scoring leader: Brody Clarke with 12

Bears earn at-large berth, seeded 8th for nationals

Golden Bears to face Carleton Ravens in Quarter-Final

By U SPORTS Communications on March 4, 2019

The Calgary Dinos look to defend their first-ever W.P. McGee Trophy in program history when the 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Final 8 tournament tips off this week.

The Canada West champion Dinos, who completed just the fifth undefeated season in conference history, will open as the No. 2 seed behind the Carleton Ravens, who were named tournament favourites on Sunday. The Ravens will be looking to add to their record collection of 13 national titles since 2002, and eighth banner in nine seasons, after falling in the national semifinals last season.

Meanwhile, the Alberta Golden Bears earned the at-large berth, as the seeding and quarterfinal matchups were announced.

The 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Final 8, hosted by the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax, kicks off on Friday at the Scotiabank Centre and concludes next Sunday with the gold-medal final at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The semifinals and final will be broadcasted live on Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports and SN NOW. All remaining games livestreamed at USPORTS.LIVE.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, Mar. 8 (Quarterfinals)
No. 2 Calgary vs. No. 7 Saint Mary’s, 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
No. 3 Ryerson vs. No. 6 Concordia, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 8 Alberta, 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
No. 4 UBC vs. No. 5 Dalhousie, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

Full championship schedule available here.

No. 1 Carleton Ravens

Playoff finish: OUA champions
Regular season / playoff records: 22-1 / 3-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2017
Total U SPORTS championships: 13
Team offence: 91.3 points/game, 4th
Team defence: 59.3 points allowed/game, 1st

No. 2 Calgary Dinos

Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Regular season / playoff records: 20-0 / 5-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2018
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 88.5 points/game, 5th
Team defence: 66.0 points/game, 3rd    

No. 3 Ryerson Rams

Playoff finish: OUA finalists  
Regular season / playoff records: 21-2 / 2-1
Last U SPORTS championship: Never
Team offence: 86.7 points/game, 9th
Team defence: 63.4 points allowed/game, 2nd

No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds

Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Regular season: 17-3 / 4-3
Last U SPORTS championship: 1972
Total U SPORTS championships: 2
Team offence: 93.5 points per game, 2nd
Team defence: 74.8 points allowed per game, 9th

No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers

Playoff finish: AUS champions 
Regular season / playoff records: 14-6 / 3-0 
Last U SPORTS championship: Never
Team offence: 78.8 points/game, 26th
Team defence: 72.1 points allowed/game, 6th

No. 6 Concordia Stingers

Playoff finish: RSEQ champions 
Regular season / playoff records: 11-5 / 2-0 
Last U SPORTS championship: 1990 
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 80.2 points/game, 20th
Team defence: 75.2 points allowed/game, 11th

No. 7 Saint Mary’s Huskies

Playoff finish: AUS finalists
Regular season / playoff records: 19-1 / 1-1
Last U SPORTS championship: 1999
Total U SPORTS championships: 4
Team offence: 87.5 points/game, 6th
Team defence: 72.0 points allowed/game, 5th

No. 8 Alberta Golden Bears

Playoff finish: Canada West semifinalists / at-large berth
Regular season / playoff records: 15-5 / 3-3
Last U SPORTS championship: 2002
Total U SPORTS championships: 3
Team offence: 84.8 points/game, 11th
Team defence: 72.5 points allowed/game, 7th

Team Leaders

Points per game: Brody Clarke, 19.8
Rebounds per game: Brody Clarke, 10.9
Assists per game: Tyus Jefferson, 3.9
Despite a roster turnaround of nearly half their team, the Alberta Golden Bears return to the U SPORTS Final 8 for the third-straight time.

Led by three-time Canada West all-star Brody Clarke, the Bears finished second in the conference after the regular season with a 15-5 record. After dispatching the Pronghorns in the conference quarter-final, the Bears were upset at home by the No. 6 ranked UBC Thunderbirds in a three-game semifinal. 

Clarke was once again the catalyst for the Bears at both ends of the court, finishing second in Canada West scoring 18.9 points per game, while leading the nation in rebounding with 11.0 per game. 

With one of their youngest rosters under head coach Barnaby Craddock, the Bears will head to Halifax looking to get past the quarter-final round for the first time since finishing third in 2014.