We're now less than three weeks away from LIVE Kentucky Basketball. When the Cats take over the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau in the second week of August (8-14), they'll be taking on multiple national teams from all over the globe.
This trip, which is only allowed by the NCAA every four years, will feature a four-game, seven-day trip where we will get our first official look at the 2022-23 basketball roster. According to a post by LEX18 reporter, Jennifer Palumbo, here is the official schedule of their games and time slots which will be broadcasted on the SEC Network.
Aug. 10th vs. Dominican Republic U22 National Team at 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 11th vs. Monterey Tech (Mexico) at 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 13th vs. Carleton University (Canada) at 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 14th vs. Bahamas National Team at Noon
“I know our fans are excited as we once again make a trip to The Bahamas,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “This has always been a memorable trip for our teams and our fans, and it has always given us a springboard heading into the season. These games will be a challenge for us and will allow us to grow and see where we are at this point. We have a great mix of returning players and newcomers who want to use this opportunity to begin the preparation it takes to win a national title. That’s our goal and it all starts at Baha Mar.”
This will be Kentucky's third trip to the island in which both times prior have resulted in great seasons the following winter/spring. Their first trip took place in the 2014-15 season, resulting in an undefeated regular season, SEC regular-season and tournament titles, and a trip to the Final Four finishing 38-1 overall and being widely considered as one of the greatest college basketball teams of all-time. Their second trip in the 2018-19 season, Kentucky won all four games in the Bahamas and then went 30-7 throughout the season, reaching the Elite Eight. Will this trip lead to another spectacular year as John Calipari desperately needs it? Only time will tell.
“We are excited to welcome the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team and their fans to Baha Mar for their upcoming basketball tour,” said Graeme Davis, President of Baha Mar. “In-between games, we hope the Wildcats will be able to explore the resort’s sweeping array of amenities, dining options and experiences as they enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world, The Bahamas.”
Kentucky's competition outlook:
Bahamas National Team – Team comprised of Bahamian players competing for a berth in the AmeriCup and World Cup
Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) – Winners of 16 of the last 19 collegiate national championships in Canada; owns wins over Syracuse, Wisconsin and others in its summer tour exhibition history;
Dominican Republic U-22 Team – Members of the Dominican Republic’s national program all under the age of 22
Monterey Tech – Mexican collegiate team boosted by U23 national team players as well