Second-seeded Vikes men’s basketball kick-off at nationals against Carleton – Saanich News

Hot off the heels of capturing the Canada West conference crown, the Vikes men’s basketball team begins its quest for a national title on Friday.

The University of Victoria Hoopsters kick off their U Sport Men’s Final 8 tournament against the seven-seeded Carleton Ravens in Edmonton.

Even though the Vikes are seeded second, the 15-1 Ravens present a tough test from the get-go. Carleton’s men’s basketball program has been seeded in three of the last four national tournaments and has been the Canadian champion 15 times over the past two decades.

The Ravens also ended the Vikes tournament in their most recent Final 8 visit, in 2015. But the BC team is coming off a 20-1 season that earned them their first Canada title. -West in seven years.

The Vikes will rely on leading scorers Diego Maffia and Scott Kellum, who had 17.2 and 16.2 points per game, respectively. They will also depend on Dominick Oliveri off the boards, as the 6’7” has picked up just under 10 rebounds per game – and six double-doubles – this season. Canada West rookie of the year Elias Ralph will also play an important role for the Vikes.

Victoria, averaging 92.3 points per game, was good enough to be second best in the country, with Carleton ranking fourth in that regard.

The Ravens counter on offense with Lloyd Pandi, Ontario University Athletics East MVP, and star goaltender Alain Louis. Biniam Ghebrekidan will look to own the paint after averaging 6.6 rebounds and 12.5 points per game.

The warning for the quarter-final game is at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. local time) on April 1, and the game can be viewed on CBC Sports.


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