LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Kentucky basketball is headed to the Bahamas in August for several exhibition games to tune up before Big Blue Madness.
NCAA teams are allowed a foreign trip once every four years. UK announced on Friday that the Cats will play six games between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.
According to the press release, UK will play three different basketball teams: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket, a French first-division club team, the Puerto Rican national team reserves and the Dominican Republic national team.
"We are excited to make the trip to the Bahamas for our foreign tour,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “Working with Lea and Mason Miller has been a pleasure. My goal is for our team to grow together, to learn about one another, to have fun and to compete against teams that will stretch us out. These teams should be a challenge that will let us really see where we are at this point. But again, learning and having fun will be the emphasis of the trip. It's another opportunity for us to fail fast.”
Here is the tentative schedule:
- Aug 10: Puerto Rican ReserveTeam-- 5 p.m.
- Aug 11: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket-- 1 p.m.
- Aug 12: Puerto Rican Reserve Team-- 1 p.m.
- Aug 14: Dominican Republic National Team-- 5 p.m.
- Aug 15/16: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket-- 1 p.m.
- Aug 17: Dominican Republic National Team-- 12 p.m.
Games will be played at the 2,500-seat Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau. The Dominican Republic team is current ranked No. 26 at they prepare for the FIBA World Cup later in the month.
Fan travel packages for Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour are available at ukfantravel.com. To book travel packages, please call 1-855-UKBBALL (1-855-852-2255). Only those who book through the Big Blue Bahamas tour travel company will have access to tickets.
UK's last foreign trip was to The Windsor in Ontario, Canada. The team went 3-0 during that trip and ended up going to their first Final Four since they won the National Championship in 1998, losing to eventual champion UConn.