OTTAWA (CIS) – The Carleton University and University of
Ottawa basketball teams face off at Scotiabank Place in the
nation’s capital for the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops
Classic, Wednesday night.
Tip off for the women’s contest is set for 6 p.m. with the men’s duel following at 8 p.m.
The MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, which debuted in 2007 as a single men’s game and has featured a doubleheader since its second edition, quickly became one of the highlights of the CIS basketball season.
The inaugural event attracted 9,730 fans, which at the time was a CIS record for a regular season game. That mark was broken in 2009 when a crowd of 10,523 turned up at Scotiabank Place for the third annual Classic.
Carleton goes into tonight’s doubleheader as favourite for both contests.
The Ravens men are ranked first in the country thanks to an OUA East-leading 14-0 record, while the women also stand atop the OUA East at 12-2, are ranked fourth in the CIS Top 10 and are riding an eight-game winning streak.
The Ottawa men (6-8) are tied for fourth place in the OUA East. The Gee-Gees women (9-5) are third.
MBNA CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC RESULTS & ATTENDANCES
2010 (doubleheader): 8,074
2009 (doubleheader): 10,523 (CIS regular season record)
2008 (doubleheader): 9,124
2007 (men only): 9,730
2010: Carleton 74, Ottawa 66
2009: Carleton 87, Ottawa 72
2008: Carleton 70, Ottawa 66
2007: Ottawa 64, Carleton 62
2010: Carleton 53, Ottawa 40
2009: Carleton 62, Ottawa 53
2008: Carleton 53, Ottawa 43
CIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: LARGEST ATTENDANCES (all games included)
1 - 12,139: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2004, Memorial vs. McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *
2 - 11,853: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 30, 2003, UNB vs. McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *
3 - 11,000: Halifax, March 1978, Acadia vs. Saint Mary’s (CIS championship final)
4 - 10,877: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2005, McGill vs.
McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *
5 – 10,523: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Jan. 28, 2009, Carleton vs. Ottawa (Capital Hoops Classic – CIS regular season attendance record)
* Non-conference games