Let the country tour begin. In a span of 12 hours, Kentucky announced that the 2022-23 Men's basketball team will be headed to London, England to play Michigan, and then this coming summer they'll be traveling to the Bahamas to soak up some sun and beat up on some professional teams.
On John Calipari's weekly call-in show he announced that the Bahamas trip is official. The last time they made that trip was in 2018, with the PJ Washington/Tyler Herro team, four seasons ago. The reason it has been so long is because the NCAA rules only allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Next season will be their first available chance to make the return.
In 2018 when the Cats went across waters, Calipari said it was great that his team was getting to do so, and that it was something he had advocated for a long time for - to have the chance to have basketball played during the offseason. "If you know me, you know I've talked a lot about college basketball taking over the month of August. It's a perfect time – when we have nothing else going on – to get with our kids, practice and give our fans a chance to see our team before school starts." That 2017-18 team went on to face the Bahamas National Team, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Mega Bemax and Team Toronto.
They also went in 2014, four years earlier. It tipped off their 38-1 season with a 5-1 mark vs. the Dominican Republic national team, the Puerto Rico national team reserves and French first-division club team Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket in the Bahamas. It was the start of a season that ended with an undefeated regular season, SEC regular-season and tournament titles, and a trip to the Final Four.
Here are some great pictures from their last trip.
Oh, and the infamous black jerseys that I selfishly wish that we could have worn again.
Dates have not yet been announced but it will be sometime in August as it usually is.