Aug. 11, 2006

Ohio State senior guard Ron Lewis (Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven) and representatives of nine other Big Ten schools open play against the West Sydney Razorbacks Saturday in the first of four games scheduled during the 11-day Big Ten Foreign Men’s Basketball Tour. The team traveled to Australia earlier this week and spent the first couple days practicing and sightseeing.

The Big Ten contingent will face the Sydney Kings Basketball Club Sunday. The Tour squad then travels to Brisbane where they will resume competition against the Brisbane Bullets Aug. 15 and then wrap up the Tour taking on the South District Spartans Aug. 16. The Big Ten Foreign Tour team will return to the United States Aug. 18.

The Foreign Tour Team includes student-athletes from 10 of the 11 league schools, including Illinois’ Marcus Arnold, Indiana’s Roderick Wilmont, Iowa’s Seth Gorney, Michigan’s Lester Abram and Jerret Smith, Michigan State’s Travis Walton, Minnesota’s Jonathan Williams, Northwestern’s Tim Doyle, Penn State’s Michael Walker and Purdue’s Gordon Watt. The conference has sent teams overseas in 13 of the last 15 years, compiling an overall record of 51-34 (.600) and a mark of 15-6 (.714) during the last four trips in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.