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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Rams topple Ravens in men’s basketball as quartet of national leaders rise

U SPORTS Staff

The Ryerson Rams are the new team to beat in U SPORTS men’s basketball, after a quartet of new national leaders rose in this week’s Top 10 rankings.

The Rams (17-1) claimed top spot following a weekend sweep in the nation’s capital, highlighted by a 78-74 win over the Carleton Ravens (17-1) on Saturday. The victory gave Ryerson its first No.1 ranking since Feb. 16, 2016 – ending a record-tying 39 consecutive weeks at the pole position for Carleton. The Ravens had previously spent 39 straight weeks at No.1 from Dec. 2, 2002 – Mar. 8, 2005. Both teams now prepare for crosstown rivalry matchups on Friday night, with Ryerson visiting Toronto and Carleton set to face No. 6 Ottawa in the annual Capital Hoops Classic at the Canadian Tire Centre. 

On the ice, the reigning national champion Alberta Golden Bears (men) and Manitoba Bisons (women) have also reclaimed top spot in their respective rankings. The Golden Bears (20-3-1) recorded back-to-back convincing 6-3 and 7-1 victories at Regina, while the Bisons (18-4-2) beat Lethbridge on the road twice by 4-2 and 2-1 margins, the latter coming in a shootout.  Alberta hosts Lethbridge in men’s action this weekend while the Manitoba women welcome UBC.

Finally, on the court, the Calgary Dinos (15-3) are the new leaders in women’s volleyball after splitting a pair of matches with then-ranked No.6 Alberta (14-6). The Dinos visit MacEwan this weekend.

In other U SPORTS rankings, Laval (women’s basketball), Brandon (men’s volleyball), UBC (men’s and women’s swimming), Guelph (men’s and women’s track and field) and Brock (men’s and women’s wrestling) remain at No.1 for another week.

New this season, U SPORTS is implementing the ELO Rating System for the calculation of its weekly national rankings. Powered by RankR, ELO’s unique algorithm blends a statistical calculation with customized variables that is adaptable across a range of sports. For men’s hockey, it will be combined with the results of the media panel balloting (each weighted 50%) to produce the final top 10. For more information, click here.

Men's Basketball

Rank School Season Points  Previous
1 Ryerson 17-1 453 (35) 2
2 Carleton 17-1 423 (7) 1
3 Calgary 18-0 388 (5) 3
4 UBC 17-1 317 4
5 Saint Mary’s 14-0 292 5
6 Ottawa 13-5 222 6
7 Alberta 13-5 159 7
8 Concordia 9-2 130 8
9 Laurier 13-5 65 NR
10 Dalhousie 8-6 63 10
Other teams receiving votes: UNB (32), Regina (11), Western (11)

Women's Basketball

Rank School Season Points  Previous 
1 Laval 9-0 552 (46) 1
2 Saskatchewan 16-2 486 5
3 Ottawa 16-2 450 6
4 McMaster 15-3 375 3
5 Ryerson 14-4 331 2
6 Carleton 15-3 330 8
7 Calgary 15-3 298 7
8 Concordia 7-4 293 4
9 Regina 15-3 192 9
10 Lakehead 14-4 127 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (52), UPEI (37)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season Media ELO   Points Previous
1 Alberta 22-3-1 137 150 287 1
2 UNB 23-2-3 137 135 272 2
3 Saskatchewan 23-3-0 127 120 247 3
4 Ottawa 20-2-4 100 105 205 5
5 Calgary 18-6-2 81 90 171 6
6 Saint Mary 18-9-1 86 30 116 4
7 Brock 18-5-3 45 60 105 7
8 Carleton 16-5-5 29 75 104 NR
9 Ryerson 18-5-3 44 15 59 9
10 McGill 16-7-4 10 45 55 8
Honourable mention: Queen’s (17), StFX (11), Western (1)

Women's Hockey

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Manitoba 18-4-2 39 (3) 2
2 Montreal 11-3-0 35 1
3 Alberta 19-5-0 34 (1) 4
4 McGill 11-4-0 27 3
5 St. Thomas 19-4-1 24 6
6 StFX 16-5-3 21 5
7 Guelph 15-2-2 16 7
8 Concordia 8-4-3 11 9
9 Western 12-4-4 7 8
10 UBC 15-5-4 6 NR
Other teams receiving votes: None

Men's Swimming

Rank School Points Previous 
1 UBC 714 1
2 Calgary 438 2
3 Montreal 279 3
4 Ottawa 261 4
5 Toronto 165 5
6 McGill 153 6
7 Victoria 141 7
8 Laval 120 8
9 Regina 110 9
10 Lethbridge 96 10
Honourable Mention: Sherbrooke (91), Alberta (90), Dalhousie (58),
Laurentian (57), Waterloo (51), Acadia (36), Western (29), Queen’s (22),
McMaster (20), Manitoba (17), UNB (1)

Women's Swimming

Rank School Points Previous 
1 UBC 677 1
2 Toronto 642 2
3 Montreal 267 3
4 Manitoba 251 4
5 Calgary 213 5
6 Victoria 184 6
7 Alberta 111 7
8 Dalhousie 85 8
9 Ottawa 80 9
10 Western 71 10
Honourable Mention: McGill (66), Regina (60), Laval (44), Sherbrooke (41), McMaster (34),
Waterloo (28), UNB (24), Laurier (21), Acadia (16), Laurentian (15), Lethbridge (14), Guelph (12)

Men's Track & Field

Rank University Points Previous
1 Guelph 110.5 1
2 Toronto 88 2
3 Western 60 3
4 Manitoba 44.5 4
5 Dalhousie 36.5 10
6 Alberta 35.5 6
7 Laval 35 9
8 Trinity Western 33 5
9 Calgary 32.5 7
10 Saskatchewan 28 8
Autres équipes ayant reçu des votes: Windsor (27), York (23)

Women's Track and Field

Rank School Points Previous 
1 Guelph 135.16 1
2 Saskatchewan 100 2
3 Western 54.5 3
4 Toronto 53 4
5 Calgary 44.5 5
6 York 38.5 6
7 Sherbrooke 27 NR
8 Laval 26.5 NR
9 Trinity Western 26 8
10 Manitoba 23.5 NR
Honourable Mention: Ottawa (21), Windsor (20)

Men's Volleyball

Rank School Season VRS Previous
1 Brandon 16-2 +2.77 1
2 Laval 10-0 +1.83 4
3 Mount Royal 13-3 +1.81 3
4 Trinity Western 12-4 +1.80 2
5 McMaster 9-2 +1.48 5
6 Alberta 13-5 +1.24 6
7 Windsor 9-3 +0.77 7
8 Calgary 8-8 +0.72 8
9 Queen’s 10-3 +0.72 NR
10 Western 8-4 +0.53 9
Honourable Mention: Montreal (+0.51), Thompson Rivers (+0.48), Saskatchewan (+0.47),
UBC (+0.33)

Women's Volleyball

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Calgary 15-3 57 (3) T2
2 Dalhousie 16-0 55 (1) T2
3 Trinity Western 16-2 53 1
4 Ryerson 12-1 51 4
5 Waterloo 13-0 43 6
T6 Alberta 14-6 38 5
T6 McGill 13-3 38 7
8 Montreal 11-4 31 10
9 UBC 13-7 28 NR
10 Toronto 9-5 25 8
Other teams receiving votes: Regina (19), Laval (17), Acadia (9) Manitoba (6), UNB (5)

Men's Wrestling

Rank School Points Previous
1 Brock 74 1
2 Alberta 71 2
3 Calgary 47 4
4 Fraser Valley 40 3
5 Saskatchewan 35 6
6 Concordia 33 5
7 Lakehead 29 7
8 McMaster 26 8
9 Guelph 17 9
10 Algoma 15 10
Honourable Mention: Western (6), York (3)

Women's Wrestling

Rank School Points Previous
1 Brock 58 1
2 Saskatchewan 37 4
3 Concordia 32* 3
4 Calgary 32* 2
5 Guelph 26 5
6 Alberta 25 6
7 Fraser Valley 21 7
8 Western 18 8
9 McMaster 15 9
10 York 13 10
Honourable Mention: Lakehead (5), UNB (3)