Tale of the tape: Carleton Ravens vs. TRU WolfPack

A look at what the WolfPack is up against in the first round of the CIS final eight

TRU WolfPack Carleton Ravens
Road to Vancouver
Regular season: 16–4 (Explorer division champions)

Playoffs: 3–2 (Canada West finalists)

After winning the Explorer’s division handily TRU earned themselves a bye through the first round of Canada West playoffs. They then bounced back from an opening night loss to win two games in a row and take their best-of-three series against the University of Regina Cougars. TRU had a strong showing at the Canada West final four tournament, defeating the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds before falling in the championship game to the University of Calgary Dinos.

Regular season: 16–3 (North div. runners-up)

Playoffs: 2–1 (OUA finalists)

For the second year in a row Carleton finished second in their division to their biggest rivals, the University of Ottawa. They were the third seed in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) playoffs and defeated Brock University easily to book their spot in the OUA final four tournament. Carleton then beat Ottawa in the semi-finals before losing to the University of Ryerson in the finals.

Offence
Field goal % (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#6 #1
3 Point % (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#5 #3
Free throw % (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#4 #12
Points per game % (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#16 #6
On the offensive side of things there’s not a lot of difference between the two teams. Both TRU and Carleton are near the top of the nation when it comes to execution, with both teams able to make any shot that the defence is giving them. While Carleton certainly has the edge in points-per-game TRU has a clear advantage from the charity stripe. Not only do the ‘Pack have a better percentage from the charity stripe, they also find themselves there more often. TRU needs to continue drawing fouls and make Carleton pay when they get the free shots to give themselves a chance in the game. Neither team has the edge here.
Defence
Field Goal %
#8 #1
3 Point % (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#29 #11
Steals (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#26 #6
Blocks (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#13 #9
Points per game (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#6 #1
Even though TRU is just outside the top five in points allowed per game Carleton will undoubtedly bring the best defence in Canada to nationals; the Ravens give up just over 60 points a game compared to TRU’s 70. The weakness on defence for both teams is shots from beyond the three-point arc. With either team capable of heating up from downtown the three-ball could be a deciding factor in the contest. Carleton has the edge here.
Ball Control
Turnovers (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#12 #9
Offensive Rebounds (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#40 #2
Defensive Rebounds (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#13 #8
Rebound Margin (CIS, Canada-wide ranking)
#15 #1
Neither of these teams are careless with the ball, but a big advantage has to go to Carleton when it comes to rebounding. The Ravens attack the glass with the best of them on offence and a number one rebounding margin in the nation will be vital in allowing Carleton to control the ball and the tempo of the game. The edge goes to Carleton.