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St. John's basketball playing preseason games in Canada

The official site has confirmed that the Red Storm will be playing 4 preseason games in Montréal and Ottawa, Canada.

The schedule has them playing 4 games in 2 days. See, below the fold.

St. John's Red Storm - Canadian adventure schedule

Saturday, September 5th - McGill (1:00 PM) and University of Quebec (Montréal) (5:00 PM)
Sunday, September 6th - Carleton University (1:00 PM) and University of Ottawa (8:30 PM)

I assume that's to help the team build their endurance and to allow different combinations of players to either start or play major minutes... Norm Roberts says, in the press release:

"Canada and the time leading up to the trip gives us a chance to work out together early, and form a bond with each other as teammates... It is a time also for us to work on some things that will give us a jumpstart to the season. Our guys are excited about getting together early and getting this season started, after everyone worked so hard this summer at preparing their bodies and improving their games."

Red Storm Sports will have recaps. Hopefully the CIS blog will also be covering the action.

The team will also be allowed 10 (extra) days of practice to prepare, and will start practicing in earnest on Monday, August 24th; the 4-man class of newcomers will be able to practice starting Wednesday, September 2nd.