UW Basketball to take Summer trip to Canada

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MADISON, Wis. — For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be participating in an international trip when it ventures to Canada this summer. The Badgers will play five exhibition games during the eight-day August trip, visiting Ottawa and Toronto.

 Wisconsin will travel to Ottawa on Aug. 20 and begin a rugged competition schedule with an Aug. 21 exhibition contest against Canadian powerhouse Carleton University. Following a game with the University of Ottawa on Aug. 22, the Badgers will travel to Toronto for three games in three days against the Canadian Junior National Team (Aug. 24), Ryerson University (Aug. 25) and senior men’s select team A-Game Hoops (Aug. 26).

 With six incoming freshmen and redshirt junior Josh Gasser returning from a knee injury, the Badgers will be able to get valuable practice and competition prior to the start of the season. Wisconsin will bring all 17 players on its roster and be permitted 10 practices throughout the summer, which is in addition to the two-hour instructional time allowed each week during the offseason.

 

“We’re really looking forward to this trip and the opportunities it presents for preparing us for next season,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Taking this trip allows us 10 practices and five games, which is a great luxury. One aspect that is different from our 2006 trip to Italy is that incoming freshmen are now permitted to practice and play. So for a team with as many new faces as we will have, this gives us a head start on the season.

“A week-long trip like this is also great for team camaraderie and the chemistry it builds,” Ryan continued. “We’ll get good competition, including the opportunity to play two national teams, both the Juniors and a men’s select team. Those games will be extremely beneficial regardless of the outcomes. We’ll use lots of lineups and work on a variety of things. It gives us the chance to throw our freshmen into the fire and help our returning players adjust to changing roles. Hopefully this expedites the process looking ahead to the 2013-14 season.”

 Television and web streaming information for Wisconsin’s Canadian exhibition games will be released later this summer.

 Aug. 21 – Carleton University:

The Badgers will take on three teams from Ontario University Athletics, beginning with the class of the OUA, Carleton University. The Ravens have won 13 straight OUA titles and nine of the last 11 Canadian national championships. Carleton led the OUA in scoring offense, averaging 91.0 points per game and are led by Phillip Scrubb, who returns for his fourth season after averaging 18.6 ppg in 2012-13.

Aug. 22 – University of Ottawa:

UW will visit the University of Ottawa before traveling to Toronto. The Ottawa Gee Gees went 15-5 in 2012-13, finishing in a tie for second place in the East Division of the OUA. Ottawa averaged 83.2 points per game, and will return half of the one of the league’s top scoring duos in fourth-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (18.9 ppg).

Aug. 24 – Canadian Junior National Tm:

The Badgers’ first game in Toronto will come against the 2013 Canadian Junior National Team, which is comprised of the country’s top prep players. The 2012 team finished third in the FIBA World Championships and was full of Div. I signees like Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State).

Aug. 25 – Ryerson University:

The Ryerson Rams went 15-5 last season, finishing third in the OUA, a year after advancing to the Wilson Cup Championship Game in 2012. Led by Canadian National team head coach Roy Rana, the Rams return a pair of OUA All-Stars in Aaron Best (15.3 ppg) and Jahmal Jones (15.4 ppg).

Aug. 26 – A-Game Hoops:

A-Game Hoops is a men’s select team comprised mainly of Canadians who are playing professionally overseas. A-Game Hoops has played 10 NCAA Division I teams over the last three summers, owning a 6-4 record. That includes win over Tulsa, Austin Peay and the College of Charleston last year.

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