Wichita State begins their exhibition tour of Canada this Saturday. NCAA basketball programs are allowed to take international exhibition tours at a minimum of every four years. The Shockers were eligible last season, but Coach Marshall opted to forgo the tour a year. The last international exhibition tour that Wichita State went on was to Brazil in 2011. On top of four extra games, teams who opt to take an international trip are allowed ten extra practices prior to the official start of the season.
The slate of opponents in Canada will be three university teams, and one club team. The Canadian tour consists of two cities, Montreal and Ottawa. August 6th, Wichita State will play the University of Quebec in Montreal. They will then travel to Ottawa to play easily the best team the Shockers will face this tour, the defending national champions, the Carleton University Ravens on August 7th. Finally, back to Montreal to face McGill University on the 9th. The tour will wrap up against the Montreal IndiSport All-Stars on the 10th.
Coach Marshall on the competition the team will face –
“I’ve been told it’s very good. That was one of the reasons that we made the decision to go to Canada, as opposed to other places…I hope it’ll be a stress-free and easy trip there and back. We’ve been told that the teams we’re playing have represented themselves very well against other teams that recently gone on these tours.”
All games will be broadcast over the radio and streaming by 103.7 KEYN. On the call, the Voice of the Shockers, Mike Kennedy (@ShockerVoice) and color analyst Bob Hull. All games will have a 30-minute preview leading up to game-time. The last game against IndiSport All-Stars will be tape delayed until 6 PM, but all other games will be broadcast live.
Update as of 8/5/16 at 9:50 a.m – Carleton University will be streaming live video of the game. We have updated the link portion of the broadcast schedule below to include a link to watch it live.
Listen – Sat., Aug. 6 – Noon CT – University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
Listen – Watch Live – Sun., Aug. 7 – 2 p.m. CT – Carleton University Ravens
Listen – Tues., Aug. 9 – 8 p.m. CT – McGill University
Listen – Wed., Aug. 10 – 6 p.m. CT – IndiSport All-Stars*
*Played at 3 p.m., tape-delayed til 6 p.m.
Wichita State has had recent success in Canada, not against competition, but recruiting. Two Canadian products recently on the Shockers’ roster were Chadrack Lufile and Nick Wiggins, both a part of Wichita State’s undefeated regular season. Another connection to Canada is Fred VanVleet, who is currently with the Toronto Raptors organization, fighting for a roster spot for the next NBA season.
Of note going into the Canadian tour, Markis McDuffie has a minor knee injury, reported by Paul Suellentrop (@PaulSuellentrop) of the Wichita Eagle. McDuffie will still travel with the team to Canada and is hopeful of a quick recovery without surgery. Additionally, walk-on freshman Steven Solomon has left the team.