June 6, 2013
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 Ryerson University (Aug. 25) and a pair of contests against senior men’s select team A-Game Hoops (Aug. 24 and 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 - 6 p.m.
Keith Harris Gym (Ottawa)
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 - 6 p.m.
Montpetit Hall (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 – A-Game Hoops - 5 p.m.
Mattamy Athletic Center (Toronto)
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.
Aug. 25 – Ryerson University - 7 p.m.
Mattamy Athletic Center (Toronto)
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 - Noon
Seneca College (Toronto)