Ryerson’s basketball team heads for a grudge match

The Rams squad will need to bring their A game to take a win from their weekend in Ottawa. (Photograph by Winston Chow, courtesy Ryerson Athletics)

The Rams squad will need to bring their A game to take a win from their weekend in Ottawa. (Photograph by Winston Chow, courtesy Ryerson Athletics)

The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team is looking for retribution this weekend as it faces off against the top-ranked Carleton Ravens and number 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees.

The Rams, ranked fourth in the nation, were knocked out of the Wilson Cup last year as the Gee-Gees won 74-70 over the Rams in the quarterfinals.

Ryerson (11-1) is tied for first in the OUA standings with Carleton (11-0) but has not beaten the Ravens since the 1999-2000 season. Ottawa (10-1) is sitting right behind Ryerson in third place and has only lost to Carleton.

Ryerson hosts the Wilson Cup later in the year and this weekend will be huge for the Rams in deciding the playoff picture.

Points will be hard to come by against Carleton’s top ranked defence, as the Ravens allow only 60.4 points against per game. Ryerson boasts the division’s second-best defence, keeping opponents to just 66.4 points per game on average, but matching fire power with the Ravens number 1 offence will be very difficult.

The Rams are much more evenly matched against the Gee-Gees and will have plenty of reason to believe that they can leave Ottawa with a win, setting themselves up for a post-season run that everyone around the Rams hopes will end better than last year.

Ryerson has a lot to play for this weekend, and the action begins Friday night against Carleton. The grudge match against Ottawa tips off at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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