Duke men's basketball has a three-game foreign trip planned for August to play exhibitions against Canadian university teams.
The Blue Devils will play games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, a city just outside Toronto that's home to incoming Duke freshman guard R.J. Barrett. Duke will play Ryerson on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. and the University of Toronto at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17.
The trip concludes in greater Montreal where the Blue Devils play McGill on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Place Bell in suburban Laval, Quebec.
Games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks in the U.S. and on TSN in Canada.
“We are excited about the opportunity to be tested against three quality basketball programs in Canada this summer,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “More than a third of our roster includes players competing for the first time as collegians. The practices and games associated with the tour will allow us to bond as a team, while providing us with a terrific educational opportunity to see another country and two amazing cities – Toronto and Montreal. It should be especially fun for one of our newcomers, R.J. Barrett, who will be home.”
Tickets will go on sale in early June. Information can be found at www.DukeCanadaTour.com.
The NCAA allows schools to take a foreign trip once during a four-year period. It must take place during a time when classes are not in session. Duke will leave for Canada on Aug. 13 and return on Aug. 20. That's after the summer session ends on Aug. 12 and prior to the start of the fall semester on Aug. 27.
Duke had a trip to the Dominican Republic planned last August but had to cancel at the last minute when coach Mike Krzyzewski needed knee replacement surgery.
Teams are allowed up to 10 practices in conjunction with their foreign tours. That extra practice time is especially crucial for Duke, which lost all five of its starters from last season's 29-8 team to the NBA draft.
Barrett is among five incoming freshman that make up the nation's No. 1-rated recruiting class.
“It’s going to be amazing to take part in this tour,” said Barrett. “Not only will I be putting on the Duke jersey for the first time, but I will be doing it in my home country in front of friends and family. It will be a good way to start our year, and bond with each other as teammates.”
Duke in Canada
Duke vs. Ryerson
When: 7 p.m., Aug. 15
Duke vs. University of Toronto
When: 6 p.m., Aug. 17
Duke vs. McGill
When: 3 p.m., Aug. 19