Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Inaugural CISHOOPS.CA Top 10 Media Poll Released this morning

cishoops.ca Media Poll – January 29

Results of the first cishoops.ca Media Poll conducted January 27-28. There are a maximum 252 points in the poll. Points are awarded in descending order - 12 for first, 11 for second, etc. - depending upon placement. (First place votes bracketed). For a list of voters, see List of Voters

Rank Team Points

1. Carleton (21) 252
2. Brandon 223
3. Calgary 205
4. Acadia 160
5. Toronto 148
6. Ottawa 146
7. U.B.C. 128
8. Cape Breton 119
9. Windsor 92
10. Laval 59

Others receiving votes: Brock 49; Alberta 27; Victoria 15; St. Francis Xavier 7; Concordia 7; and Saskatchewan 1.


No surprise. The five-time defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport champ Carleton Ravens are the unanimous pick as the nation’s top basketball team in the inaugural cishoops.ca Media Poll.

The Ravens, (22-0) against CIS competition, sport a glittering (16-0) record in Ontario University Athletics East Division play heading into tonight’s (Tuesday's) game against the Royal Military College Paladins.

Beyond the Ravens, though, there was little consensus among the 21 nation-wide voters about which team poses the greatest threat to Carleton’s hegemony in this so-called “season of parity.”

Three different squads – Brandon, Calgary and Acadia - garnered second-choice votes. The OUA East and Canada West combined to snare six of the top 10 spots, confirming the widespread perception that two conferences are a notch above their counterparts.

The Bobcats, (21-6) overall and (16-2) in Canada West Plains Division play, were selected for second, edging the Dinosaurs, who are (19-5) overall and (15-3) in Canada West Central Division play. The Axemen, who sit atop the Atlantic University Sport Nelson Division standings at (12-2) and are (18-5) overall, were pegged for fourth.

A pair of OUA East squads, Toronto and Ottawa, finished fifth and sixth respectively, in the poll. Knotted at (13-3) in the standings, they’re in a dogfight for second place and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Varsity Blues are (22-6) overall, while the Gee-Gees are (19-6).

The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, who sit atop the Canada West Pacific Division with a (15-4) record and are (17-4) overall, were pegged for seventh.

AUS Nelson Division leader Cape Breton, (11-3) in league play and (17-6) overall, was picked for eighth, while OUA West Division leader Windsor was ninth. The Lancers, (11-4) in league play and (15-5) overall, are riding a six-game winning streak.

Rounding out the top 10 is the nation’s hottest unit, Laval. The (15-8) Rouge et Or have ripped off eight consecutive wins and are in sole possession of first place in the Quebec Student Sport Federation standings with a (9-2) record.

...Wayne Kondro,
cishoops.ca Top 10 Poll Administrator



Ohhhhhh Yeeeeaaahhhhh said...

Alright, so looks better than what the coaches' poll will probably look like, but I am confused about why Acadia gets so much consideration. Their RPI is not even in the top 10, they have had some bad losses, and their only "real" signature win was against Brandon. They also got hammered at nationals last year.
I think the Varsity Blues suffer from representing Toronto, the city Canadians love to hate, but have finally cracked the top 5, after not being in the top 10 for many weeks in which they deserved it. Let's see where the coaches put them. How does a Mike Katz-coached team get so little respect? Looking at their record and wins vs. quality teams on paper, it is ridiculous not to consider them as a top 5 team. Only if you've seen them play (which I guarantee a majority of the writers in this poll haven't), can you really say that they might not merit that spot because of their inconsistent defensive effort (although they can lock any team down when they want to, including Carleton, *gasp*!), inadequate rebounding, and thrown-away points from the line. I think if they beat Ottawa and play Carleton tough again this weekend, solid top 5 (and maybe even top 3 considering they beat Calgary and held down Henry Bekkering) and serious wild card consideration needs to be made, by coaches and writers alike.
The problem is they play in the toughest division in the CIS and are overshadowed by the capital's glamour teams (see CHC intro's) and nobody (probably including them) expected them to be where they are right now.

All I have to say is DARK HORSE! You heard it here FIRST. BIG UP!

Pat Demeter said...

Dear Wayne ,

I read the first ever media top ten along with your attached comments. You
refer to Laval as "the nation's hottest unit." High praise indeed. If you
have some separatist leanings and your nation begins and ends at the
Quebec borders, then I can agree. Working, as you do, for the Ottawa
Citizen, you may have overlooked a pretty hot unit right under your nose.
The hot unit I’m referring to is the Carleton Ravens. Heard of them? I
would really like to know what more they have to do to move up the scale
you use to decide upon the hotness of units? Just call me curious….

Pat Demeter