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UNLV basketball to play a pair of games in Ottawa and Montreal during August tour

Coach Dave Rice at Practice

Sam Morris

UNLV head coach Dave Rice at practice Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

Plans for the UNLV basketball team’s summer trip to Canada were released Friday.

The Rebels will play four exhibition games north of the border from Aug. 16 to 22 during their stay in Ottawa and Montreal. In Ottawa, they will play Aug. 18 against Carleton University and Aug. 19 against Ottawa University. Games in Montreal will be played Aug. 20 and 21 against a to be determined opponent.

“The Canada trip is a great opportunity for our program,” coach Dave Rice said in a statement. “We will be able to utilize the four games and the 10 days of practice to gain experience for the upcoming season. We are looking forward to incorporating our newcomers with our returning players.”

The NCAA allows schools to travel internationally during the summer once every four years. Also, teams are allowed 10 practices, which start Aug. 4 for UNLV. Four years ago, the Rebels went to Australia.

The Rebels have two Canadians on their roster — incoming freshman Anthony Bennett and Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch. Since Birch is a mid-year transfer, he won’t be eligible to play during the summer tour.

The UNLV website has a complete itinerary for the team. Fans interested in traveling to Canada can contact 895-3781 or [email protected]

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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