Pack your bags, Big Blue Nation, because the Kentucky men’s basketball team is headed back to a memorable destination for a foreign basketball tour in just a few days: the Bahamas.
The Wildcats will return to the Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas for a four-game, eight-day trip from Aug. 6-13. UK will train on the island and play four professional teams during its stay as it prepares for the 2018-19 season.
Kentucky will play the Bahamas national team on Aug. 8, San Lorenzo de Almagro on Aug. 9, Mega Bemax on Aug. 11 and Team Toronto on Aug. 12. The Wildcats will arrive Aug. 6, practice on Aug. 7 and enjoy an off day Aug. 10. Fans won’t have to leave to resort as all games will be played at the Atlantis Imperial Arena, where Kentucky played Arizona State during the 2016-17 season.
NCAA rules allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
UK is coming off a 26-11 season that resulted in another Sweet 16 berth – UK’s seventh in nine seasons under Calipari – and the Wildcats’ fourth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title.
Kentucky’s competition will include:
- Bahamas National Team – Made up of several Bahamian players competing for the World Cup Qualifying Team
- San Lorenzo de Almagro – FIBA Liga de las Americas champions based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Mega Bemax – Serbian team coined the “European Kentucky” for its ability to put players in the NBA
- Team Toronto – Group of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led the 2019 U19 Canadian team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships
Bahamas Game Schedule
Aug. 8 – vs. Bahamas National Team
Aug. 9 – vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro
Aug. 11 – vs. Mega Bemax
Aug. 12 – vs. Team Toronto
You can hear all 4 UK Big Blue in the Bahamas games with Tom Leach, Mike Pratt and the UK Radio Network on 103.9 The Bulldog WXKQ, your Big Blue Nation Station for over 25 years!