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Duke to play games in Canada before season opener with Kentucky

When Kentucky and Duke meet in the Champions Classic to open the 2018-19 college basketball season, both teams will have already played games against some quality competition in the preseason.

Kentucky will of course play the gauntlet of professional teams in the Bahamas as part of the team’s international trip. The Cats will play the Bahamas National Team, San Lorenzo de Almagra, Mega Bemax and Team Toronto at the Atlantis in August.

Not wanting to be outdone by Calipari’s Wildcats, Duke announced it will play three games in Canada (RJ Barrett’s native land) in August. It’s being billed as the Duke Canada Tour and it will pit the young Blue Devils against Ryerson University and University of Toronto at the Hershey Centre in Toronto, and McGill University at Place Bell in Montreal. The games will be played the week after UK’s Bahamas trip.

“I look to what John Calipari does, and then I do that.” -Mike Krzyzewski, probably

Article written by Drew Franklin

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9 Comments for Duke to play games in Canada before season opener with Kentucky

  1. runningunnin.454
    12:20 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Really tough schedule there in Canada.

  2. SoCalCat
    12:26 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Some fine basketball, eh?

  3. BPatte
    12:32 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Who cares about Duck?

  4. SuperTroy18
    12:41 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    They don’t wanna look too completely out of sorts when they play us. Those Canadian teams won’t help much though.

  5. a21CATSfan
    12:53 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Should’ve seen this one coming. dUKe cancelled their trip last year but we’re still able to practice leading up to it. So instead of being one trip (and practices) every 4 summers, dUKe will get extra practices two years in a row.

  6. bigbluehank
    12:54 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think Cal came up with the idea of playing games outside the US to prepare for a season.

  7. davisfeathers
    12:56 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink


  8. Halfway 2 BioHazard
    2:37 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Cue Drake in Duke sweatshirt in 5..4..3..2..

  9. mashburnfan1
    11:10 pm May 29, 2018 Permalink

    Actually a smart move by Coach Kryzewshyagfsfghhservfsky as there has been lots of talent come from Canada last few years.