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Duke to head to Canada for August exhibition tour

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Team scheduled to play four games in Toronto area from August 11-16

Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Ron Everhart announced today that the Dukes will travel to Canada in August for a four-game exhibition tour against a pair of Canadian all-star teams.

DU will play two games each against A-Game Hoops and the Phase 1 All-Stars in the Toronto area on consecutive days from August 12-15. The two opponents will be comprised of Canadian semi-pro players, many of whom have played in either the NCAA or professionally in Europe.

The trip will be the second foreign tour in school history, following a Labor Day weekend trip to Toronto in September of 2007. The NCAA allows schools to take a foreign trip once every four years.

The Dukes will be able to practice for 10 days prior to leaving on August 11. The team will return to Pittsburgh on the 16th.

“Having the opportunity to play together and gain experience will really be beneficial,” said Everhart. “Those 10 days of practice are invaluable. It should really help in the progression of our team.”

DU’s returnees and newcomers who are enrolled this summer are eligible to make the trip.

In 2007, Duquesne defeated the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and the University of Waterloo in a three-day span. The 2007-08 Dukes went on to post the school’s first winning record in 13 years by going 17-13.

Duquesne returns three starters and four other lettermen from last year’s 19-13 CBI team.

Additional details regarding the trip will be released as they become available.

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