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@HerdMBB Prepares for Trip to Canada

JP Kambola will be play five games in his home country.

Aug. 9, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five games in five days will be the schedule for the Marshall men's basketball team when it leaves for a Canadian tour on Aug. 16.

The Thundering Herd will travel to three locations, beginning with a stop just over the border in Windsor, Ontario. There Marshall will play Algoma University, which was 12-8 a season ago, on Friday at 8 p.m. before playing the University of Windsor (27-10) on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Both of those games will be played at St. Denis Centre, home to Windsor.

Marshall departs for nearby London, Ontario on Sunday, Aug. 18 for a game at 3 p.m. against Western University (3-18) on the Mustang's home court, Alumni Hall.

On Monday, Aug. 19, the Herd will play an 8 p.m. game against McMaster University (15-6) in Hamilton, Ontario, a city southwest of Toronto. The final game of the tour will also be in Hamilton against A Game Hoops on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.

The team will be back in Huntington early Wednesday morning.

The NCAA allows teams to compete in exhibitions outside the country once every four years. Marshall last played out of the United State in September of 2005 when it played two exhibition games in Nassau, Bahamas. The Herd has won at least its last 19 exhibitions, including wins over Y Cares Wreckers and Real Deal Shockers Basketball Club on that trip to the island.

The Canada trip will break in a young team as the Herd returns just five, including one starter, from last season's team. One of those returnees is JP Kambola, a Toronto native who will no doubt serve as the unofficial tour guide of his home country. Marshall will travel two other non-Americans in Yous Mbao (RuPisque, Senegal), who is unlikely to play after minor surgery on his left knee, and Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal).

Senior forward Elijah Pittman is the leading returning scorer in Conference USA after averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game last season. He is the only returning starter this season for the Herd.

The best way to follow Marshall throughout its Canadian excursion is through its twitter account @HerdMBB. It will be the only way to get nearly real time scoring updates. Game recaps and blogs will be posted daily to, as will pictures of action on and off the court.

Aug. 16 - St. Denis Centre
Algoma University (Thunderbirds)
Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2012-13 Record: 12-8

Aug. 17 - St. Denis Centre
University of Windsor (Lancers)
Located in Windsor, Ontario
2012-13 Record: 27-10
Will play competition from the United States for the ninth consecutive season.
Windsor will play Southern University on Aug. 14 and Aug. 17 and The Citadel on Aug. 19.

Aug. 18 - Alumni Hall
Western University (Mustangs)
Located in London, Ontario
2012-13 Record: 3-18
Will play competition from the United State for the eighth consecutive year. Southern University will play at Western on Aug. 15.

Aug. 19 - Burridge Gym
McMaster University (Marauders)
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
2012-13 Record: 15-6
Last hosted an NCAA team in October of 2004, dropping a 91-79 decision to Bradley.

Aug. 20 - Burridge Gym
A Game Hoops
Prides itself as "Canada's number one development system." More info at
6-4 vs. NCAA D1 competition since 2010 including a 102-92 win over Tulsa on Aug. 18, 2012