Madison (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin basketball team is heading north of the border to get some games in before the season officially starts.
The Badgers will play five exhibition games in eight days in Ottawa and Toronto. It's the program's first international trip since 2006. Coach Bo Ryan says he expects junior guard Josh Gasser, who is coming off an ACL tear, to play around 12 minutes per game on the trip. The team says getting court time now should help give them a leg up this season.
"Here you're in your comfort zone and now you take yourself out of that zone and even though it's not a country very far away, but you're in a different setting so you see how guys react," says coach Ryan.
"We graduated three front line players who started so we're going to have a pretty new team," says Gasser. "Anytime you can play some different competition, you know we get kind of sick of player each other all the time, so playing different teams is definitely going to help you out."
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