TORONTO (U SPORTS) – For the second straight year, the Ryerson Rams enter the 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Final 8 as tournament favourites.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE:
Men: http://en.usports.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The seedings were announced Monday for the Final 8 tournament hosted by the Dalhousie Tigers for the first time since 1987. The national tournament gets underway Thursday at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., culminating next Sunday, with the men’s final at 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern), live on Sportsnet 360 and SN Now. Saturday’s semifinals will also be broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 and SN Now (1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Atlantic).

All games from the competition will be webcast on U SPORTS TV, with details announced on USPORTS.ca later in the week.

Looking for their first W.P. McGee Trophy title, the OUA champion Ryerson Rams are joined in Halifax by the No. 2 and reigning six-time national titlist Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists), No. 3 McGill Redmen (RSEQ champions), No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West champs), No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions/hosts), No. 6 Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (Canada West bronze medalists/At-large berth) and No. 8 Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS finalists).

Thursday’s quarter-final matchups include Carleton vs. Calgary in the 12 p.m. AT opener, followed by McGill vs. Manitoba at 2 p.m. AT, Ryerson vs. Saint Mary’s at 6 p.m. AT, as well as host Dalhousie vs. Alberta in the 8 p.m., AT nightcap.

A year after claiming a second straight U SPORTS bronze medal, the Rams earned No. 1 status in the men’s tournament thanks to a 86-79 win over Carleton in Saturday’s Wilson Cup final at the Ravens’ Nest, winning back-to-back OUA titles.

Calgary received the at-large berth (wild card) following a vote by a committee of U SPORTS coaches. The Dinos, who won the Canada West bronze medal, had a 16-4 regular season record and were nationally-ranked throughout the season, peaking at No. 2 in the first poll of the campaign.

NOTES: Complete championship previews will follow on Tuesday...The 2017 U SPORTS All-Canadian Awards gala is set for Wednesday evening.

MEN’S SEEDING

1. Ryerson Rams (OUA champions: 17-2 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
2. Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists: 19-0 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
3. McGill Redmen (RSEQ champions: 13-3 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
4. Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West champions: 14-6 regular season / 4-1 playoffs)
5. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions/hosts: 16-4 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
6. Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists: 12-8 regular season / 5-1 playoffs)
7. Calgary Dinos (At-Large Berth/Canada West Bronze Medalists: 16-4 regular season / 3-1 playoffs)
8. Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS finalists: 13-7 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times AT)

Wednesday, March 8
5:30 p.m. 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball All-Canadian Awards

Thursday, March 9
12:00 p.m. Quarter-final 1: No. 2 Carleton vs. No. 7 Calgary
2 p.m. Quarter-final 2: No. 3 McGill vs. No. 6 Manitoba
6 p.m. Quarter-final 3: No. 1 Ryerson vs. No. 8 Saint Mary’s
8 p.m. Quarter-final 4: No. 4 Alberta vs. No. 5 Dalhousie

Friday, March 10
6 p.m. Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2
8 p.m. Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4

Saturday, March 11
1 p.m. Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)
3:30 p.m. Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)
8 p.m. 5th-place game

Sunday, March 12
11:30 a.m. Bronze
2:00 p.m. Final (Sportsnet 360/SN Now)