Your guide to US colleges touring Australia this spring

It has become somewhat of a yearly fixture around this time of the year, that touring US colleges make the trip ‘down under’ and face off against some of our finest basketballers. Whether it may be your primetime collegiate athletes, or those student athletes down the food chain a little, it still creates a basketball buzz around the community when international visitors grace our local association hardwood floors and put on a show for the locals!

Here’s a guide of US colleges headed to Australia over the coming months. If you know of someone we have missed or a game we haven’t covered, please let us know!

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Speaking to a couple of the universities, it’s always an exciting time when these players head to Australia in preparation for the season ahead.

“There were really three reasons when New Zealand and Australia emerged as the best option,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard explained. “When we started researching the trip, we found that the cost was similar or even less in some cases than a trip to Europe. We also thought that from a safety standpoint this trip made a lot of sense. Then lastly, our connection with Kirk Penney and the ability to use his contacts and expertise of the area was a huge advantage. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to play against Kirk, but either way, after talking to him, the decision was pretty clear.”

“With such an influx of newcomers on the roster this year, this is really an ideal time for a trip like this,” Gard said. “The experience we’ll gain is invaluable. The extra practices and travel experiences can expedite team bonding and chemistry and then obviously the games will give our guys a great chance to get their feet wet.”

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“For our program, this foreign tour couldn’t come at a better time,” said Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. “The opportunity for our young team to travel abroad is monumental in developing our group for the upcoming season while allowing us to grow together by traveling to another part of the world. From the sightseeing, the camaraderie and the talented competition we’ll face, this promises to be an excellent and memorable 12 days for our players, staff and entire program.”

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“I think it’s unique,” said TCU Men’s head coach Jamie Dixon. “It will be fun and will be a good experience. We both recruit Australia and both have connections down there. The plan is to play three doubleheaders. It will be a nice environment for us and will be a great trip.”

Australian freshman Kouat Noi is eager to hit the hardwood after taking a redshirt season. Information from TCU state that fellow Australian, Lat Mayen, has not practiced with the team yet and might not travel with the team to Australia.


American University

DateOpponentVenueTickets
15 AugustCairns Taipans (NBL)Manunda Basketball CourtVia Cairns Taipans HQ: (07) 4041 3000
17 AugustSydney Kings Invitational Team (NBL)Whitlam Leisure Centre (7:30pm)Ticketing Information

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19 AugustSydney Comets (Waratah)Alexandria Basketball Stadium (7:30pm)Available at the door

 

Oklahoma University

DateOpponentVenueTickets
9 AugustSutherland Sharks (Waratah)Sutherland Basketball Stadium (7:30pm)Available at the door
10 August Sydney Kings (NBL)Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (7:30pm)Ticketing Information

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13 AugustCairns Taipans (NBL)Manunda Basketball CourtVia Cairns Taipans HQ: (07) 4041 3000

 

TCU (Men)

DateOpponentVenueTickets
8 AugustSavannah Pride (South Sudanese, NSW)Kevin Betts Stadium (8pm)Available at the door
10 AugustCentre of Excellence (SEABL)Minto Indoor Sports Centre (8pm)Available at the door
12 AugustMelbourne All Stars
13 AugustLonghorns (South Sudanese, Victoria)
15 AugustKnox Raiders (Big V)State Basketball CentreFree Entry

 

Texas University

DateOpponentVenueTickets
15 AugustDandenong Rangers (SEABL)Dandenong Basketball StadiumTicketing Information
16 AugustMelbourne United (NBL)Nunawading Basketball StadiumSOLD OUT
18 AugustCairns Taipans (NBL)Manunda Basketball CourtVia Cairns Taipans HQ: (07) 4041 3000
21 AugustIllawarra Hawks (NBL)Alexandria Basketball Stadium (7:30pm)SOLD OUT

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Whittier College

DateOpponentVenueTickets
24 AugustSydney Boys HighSydney Boys High (3:45pm)
25 AugustAustralian College of SportNetball Central (11am)
25 AugustSydney Uni Lions St Augustine’s College (6:30pm)

 

Winthrop

DateOpponentVenueTickets
11 JulyIllawarra Hawks (Waratah)Snakepit
14 JulyNorths Bears (Waratah)Norths Basketball

Wisconsin

DateOpponentVenueTickets
15 AugustNew Zealand Breakers (NBL)
17 AugustTauranga City (NZ)
19 AugustHawthorn Magic (Big V)Venue: TBA (In Boroondara Area)Ticketing Information
20 AugustMelbourne United (NBL)Casey StadiumSOLD OUT
22 AugustSydney Kings (NBL)Bankstown Stadium (7:30pm)Ticketing Information

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Oklahoma State (Women)

DateOpponentVenueTickets
9 AugustU18 Victoria CountryState Basketball CentreFree Entry
10 AugustWaverley Falcons (Big V)Waverley Basketball CentreAt The Door ($3 Entry)
14 AugustCairns DolphinsCairns Basketball Stadium (7:15pm)
16 AugustCentre of Excellence (SEABL)Minto Indoor Sports Centre (4pm)Available at the door

 

TCU (Women)

DateOpponentVenueTickets
8 AugustHornsby Ku-ring-gai SpidersKevin Betts Stadium (6pm)Available at the door
10 AugustCentre of Excellence (SEABL)Minto Indoor Sports Centre (6pm)Available at the door
13 AugustNITP All Stars (Vic)
15 AugustKnox Raiders (Big V)State Basketball CentreFree Entry

 

UC Berkeley (Women)

DateOpponentVenueTickets
17 AugustSydney Uni Flames (WNBL)Sutherland Basketball Stadium (7:15pm)Available at the door
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