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Rams to open 2019 with sell out against Ravens

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO - In the most anticipated game of the 2018-19 regular season, the No. 2 ranked Ryerson Rams men's basketball team is set to host the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens on January 5 to kick off the new year. The game is a sell out but will also be broadcast live online at OUA.tv.

Both teams have started the year with unblemished 10-0 records to sit tied atop the OUA East standings. Saturday's matinee with a 4:00 p.m. tipoff will be the first meeting between the two sides since last March's national semifinal which saw the Rams knock off Carleton to put a stop to the Ravens' seven consecutive U SPORTS title streak.

The Rams and Ravens have been trading the OUA Wilson Cup championship title back and forth as of late, with both teams winning twice in the last four years. The January 5 matchup could very well be a preview of more championship basketball to come.

Carleton and Ryerson sit one-two in both points scored and points allowed per game, showcasing their strengths at both ends of the floor. Both teams average over 90 points per game, while both allow less than 56 points against. Something will have to give as the offensive juggernauts matchup against tough defensive units.

The Rams have five players averaging double digits in scoring through ten games, led by JV Mukama with 19.9 points per game. For the Ravens, it's TJ Lall who leads a group of four players who average double figures with 14.9 points per game.

Following Saturday's sell out, the Rams will host the No. 7 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees who sit third in the OUA East with an 8-2 record entering weekend play. In their last meeting, the Rams defeated the Gee-Gees in the OUA semifinal last March.

Ottawa has a high scoring offence of their own, and lead the league in three pointers made per game. Ryerson's defence will need to be at their best again on Sunday afternoon to limit Ottawa's range. Gage Sabean will be the player to watch from beyond the arc, while forward Guillaume Pepin leads the Gee-Gees with 16.7 points per game so far this season.

Both Saturday's and Sunday's games are OBA Days as the Rams welcome groups of youth basketball players to Coca-Cola Court.

Tipoff for both games is set for 4:00 p.m. Saturday's game against Carleton is sold out but fans can still watch live online on OUA.tv. Tickets are still available for Sunday's contest and are available here.

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