W. P. McGee Trophy
|W.P. McGee Trophy|
|Most recently played||2020|
|Current champions||Carleton Ravens|
|Current runners-up||Dalhousie Tigers|
|Most titles||Carleton Ravens (15)|
The W. P. McGee Trophy is a national collegiate sports award, presented annually to the winner of the U Sports championship in men's basketball. The trophy is named after W. P. McGee, who served as a teacher and coach at Assumption College, with the trophy itself being donated by the University of Windsor Alumni Association in 1963. The Men's Basketball Final 8 features eight teams and 10 to 11 games played over four days at one site, which rotates year-to-year. The most recent and defending champions are the Carleton Ravens. The Ravens have the most championship wins with 15.
The championship currently consists of an eight-team tournament, with champions from each of the four conferences, one host, an additional OUA team, an additional Canada West team and one at-large berth. The tournament first consisted of only conference champions (four or five teams) and held that format from 1963 until 1971. In 1972 and 1973, only four teams qualified, regardless of conferences. In 1974, the championship expanded to include eight teams, similar to the format seen today. That was again changed in 1983 where regional championships took place with up to 16 teams participating in up to five different cities with the national championship featuring four teams in the main host city.
In 1984, Dalhousie University hosted the championship in what would be the first of 24 straight years that Halifax, Nova Scotia would host. The format reverted to an eight team national championship in 1987, which would be the consistent format until 2004 when the tournament expanded to ten teams. The Final 10 format would last only three years, until it was again reverted to a Final 8 tournament in 2007. In 2008, the finals moved to Scotiabank Place in Ottawa for three years. After two years back in Halifax, the next two tournaments were held in the now renamed Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place). The 2015 championship was hosted by Ryerson University, while the 2016 tournament was hosted by the University of British Columbia. Beginning with the 2015 championship, the tournament is played over four days. The quarterfinals are played on the Thursday, the consolation semi-finals on Friday, the consolation final and championship semi-finals on Saturday, and the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday.
Rank of teams by total number of national titles
|School||# Championships||Last Championship|
|Saint Mary's Huskies||4||1999|
|Alberta Golden Bears||3||2002|
|St. Francis Xavier X-Men||3||2001|
|Western Ontario Mustangs||1||1991|
|Waterloo Lutheran Golden Hawks||1||1968|
- "U Sports unable to offer national championships in winter 2021". usports.ca. U Sports. October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
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