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August 13, 2014

Titans hoops to play summer preseason games in Canada

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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University of Detroit Mercy head basketball coach Ray McCallum and his players are scheduled to take a trip to Canada to play some summer preseason games.

DETROIT — Once every four years, NCAA rules allow for basketball teams to play preseason  games abroad, and the University of Detroit Mercy has taken advantage, as the Titans’ men’s squad is scheduled to play four games against Canadian college teams.

In addition to the games, the rules also allow for 10 practices.

The Titans’ trip is scheduled to take them to places such as Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Detroit is scheduled to leave Aug. 13 and return Aug. 21.

The Titans are scheduled to play Quest University Canada Aug. 14, against the University of British Columbia Aug. 15, against the University of Fraser Valley Aug. 17, and Aug. 18 against Trinity Western.

Men’s head basketball coach Ray McCallum said Detroit has previously played in Spain, and he discussed the benefits that can come as a result of playing preseason summer games.

“An opportunity to bond together and play competition,” McCallum said. “We’ll find out a lot about ourselves before we head into the fall.”

In other Detroit basketball news:
The Titans have released their nonconference schedule for the 2014-15 season. Check out detroit titans.com for more information.

Detroit is scheduled to open its season with a pair of home exhibition games against Siena Heights (Nov. 1) and Marygrove College (Nov. 8).

The Titans have nonconference home games scheduled against Rochester College (Nov. 14), South Alabama (Nov. 22), Bowling Green State University (Nov. 30), the University of South Florida (Dec. 6), Wichita State University (Dec. 13) and Oral Roberts University (Dec. 30).

Detroit has scheduled away games against the University of Oregon (Nov. 17), University of Michigan (Nov. 20), Maryland Eastern Shore (Nov. 24), Bucknell University or University of Toledo (Nov. 25), University of Central Florida (Dec. 17), University of Rhode Island (Dec. 20) and Arizona State University (Dec. 23).

The games against Oregon, Michigan, Maryland Eastern Shore and Bucknell or Toledo are part of the Legends Classic Tournament. The Titans game against Oregon is scheduled to air on ESPNU at 11 p.m.

“I’m pretty excited, but once we start, I might be a little worried,” McCallum jokingly said of the team’s nonconference schedule, prior to the Titans’ opponents in the Legends Classic Tournament being made public. “We’re playing some good teams with good coaches.”

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