LSU hoops gearing up for Australian tour

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The cities have been announced where the LSU men’s basketball team will travel and play contests on its upcoming August foreign exhibition trip to Australia.

The Tigers will travel to Sydney first, the capital city of New South Wales and home of present LSU junior center Darcy Malone. The Tigers will play professional teams on Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. One game is scheduled in Newcastle, about 90 miles from Sydney, and the second will be played in Sydney at one of two locations.

LSU then will play in Queensland on Aug. 18.

The final stop on the tour is Melbourne, significant in that Dave Simmons, the father of LSU freshman Ben Simmons, played in Melbourne for much of his career and had his number retired by the Melbourne team in the country’s National Basketball League. LSU Assistant Head Coach David Patrick also played with Dave Simmons in Melbourne. The Tigers are expected to play the present NBL team in Melbourne, the United, on Aug. 20 and Aug. 22 at locations to be announced.