Ottawa, ON – Success breeds opportunity, but to keep that success going requires creativity. The Carleton Ravens have built their dynasty of the last 20 years by constantly bringing in fresh talent to build into their system and heading into 2022-2023 they be tasked with one of the most difficult replacements they’ve ever had to fill. On Sunday afternoon, a little under a week after … Continue reading What Lloyd Pandi leaving the Ravens means for Carleton
Edmonton, AB – It really had to be like this, didn’t it? If the question about the Raven was to be answered, about their future, about the grip they held on U SPORTS basketball, an answer couldn’t have been made if they had lost in the quarterfinal to Victoria. Or even if the ball had bounced another way a night ago and the Alberta Golden … Continue reading Three-Peat: The Carleton Ravens take down the Saskatchewan Huskies to win the 2022 Men’s Basketball National Championship
Edmonton, AB – What do you do when you are hosting the national championship, are playing a semifinal game on a Saturday night, with a sold-out building of supporters, against the back-to-back defending national champion who you take to the final shot, but you lose? What do you do? How do you react the next night? That’s the question the Alberta Golden Bears were asked … Continue reading Alberta rebound and take down Queen’s to claim the bronze medal
Edmonton, AB – It’s the game with the lowest stakes, but playing in the fifth-place game of a national championship might be the most difficult emotionally. Playing in this game means balancing a delicate mix of disappointment and yet also hope. The heartbreak of knowing that you have no chance at a medal no matter how well you play. Yet, at the same time, knowing … Continue reading Dalhousie close out an era of Tigers basketball with a fifth place finish
Edmonton, AB – “For as yourselves, your empires fall, And every kingdom hath a grave” William Harrington For the last 20 years, the Carleton Ravens have tightly held the crown in U SPORTS Basketball. The results speak for themselves. 12 of the last 15 Wilson Cups in Ontario. 15 of the last 18 National Championships. But for the first time, following Carleton’s 86-80 loss in … Continue reading Carleton wins last-second duel over Alberta and earns a shot at another national title
Edmonton, AB – What do you when instead of an underdog story, you have an underdog story vs a different underdog story? The underdog narrative is one of the oldest and best in sports. The team that nobody expected to get where they were goes up against the heavily favoured team. It’s drawn in sports fans because it reminds them that anything can happen in … Continue reading Saskatchewan’s underdog run continues, they take down Queen’s and advance to the National Championship
Edmonton, AB – A beautiful aspect of sports is the ability to create pressure in ways we might not expect. The consolation semifinals, on the surface, are not a pressure-filled situation but rather the opposite. By all accounts, the four teams that participate in the two consolation games are playing for pride and for nothing more than the opportunity to potentially leave the Final 8 … Continue reading Victoria sneak past McGill, take the second spot in the Final 8 fifth place game.
Edmonton, AB – It’s the game with easily the lowest stakes in the tournament, yet the consolation semifinal is one of the most challenging games for a team. Barely 24 hours following the heartbreak of losing their quarterfinal matchup, teams are asked to go back on the court and essentially asked to play for pride. Pride and for a shot at the fifth-place game. In … Continue reading Dalhousie take down Brock, advance to fifth place game in Final 8.
Edmonton, AB – It’s been a long time since it could last be said, but the Carleton Ravens entered the nationals championships in 2022 faced with a new feeling. Doubt. Not doubt about the legacy of the Ravens that has seen them win 12 of the last 15 Wilson Cup championships and 15 of the previous 18 national championships. Rather doubt that maybe, for the … Continue reading Carleton silence doubters with win over Victoria at Men’s Final 8
Edmonton, AB – “They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was gonna go to the moon Now he’s up there, laughing at them” – Will Ferrell Blades of Glory (2007) In the Friday night quarterfinal matchup at the Men’s Final 8 between the host Alberta Golden Bears and the McGill Redbirds, a Blades of Glory homage was just one of the many stunts … Continue reading Alberta throttle McGill in front of raucous home crowd at Men’s Final 8