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Oklahoma To Play In Canada Over Labor Day

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday for its men's basketball team to play exhibition games against four Canadian schools during a trip to Vancouver over Labor Day weekend.

Oklahoma will play the University of British Columbia on Sept. 1, then play games against Simon Fraser and Trinity Western the following day. The trip will conclude Sept. 3 with a game against Douglass College before the team returns home.

“Our program is excited for this opportunity," said coach Jeff Capel, who led the Sooners to a 16-15 record in his first season. "It will give us the chance to start working with our young guys. We have five new players who will be able to play and we'll get an early start on implementing our system -- some of the things we want to do offensively, some of our defensive principles.”

“On top of that, we'll get game competition. Our staff will get to see our guys in game situations very early. That's important for this team because we have so many new bodies."

Oklahoma will be allowed to practice 10 times in 11 days before leaving for the trip. Capel said the games will help the team by providing film of the players earlier than normal.

"I think a lot is learned by watching tape," Capel said. "So with our practices and our games, we'll have an opportunity to see things we did well and things we didn't do well. We'll have a much better idea of what we need to work on as we move toward October practice."

Air Force, Boise State, Idaho and UC Santa Barbara are also expected to play games against the Canadian schools over the weekend.

Oklahoma's last foreign tour was a trip to Costa Rica over the 2003 Labor Day weekend.
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