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UK coach John Calipari eager to test squad on Bahamas trip

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By MIKE MARSEE

The summer trips college basketball teams take are more often about the extra practice time than the opposition, but Kentucky coach John Calipari said that won’t be the case when the Wildcats travel to the Bahamas later this summer.

Kentucky will play the Dominican Republic national team, the Puerto Rico national team reserves and a French club team in a six-game tour Aug 10-17.

“We’re doing it a little different than most teams. Most teams don’t care about what the games are,” Calipari said Monday on a Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. “And we did it four years ago: I didn’t care who we played (on a 2010 trip to) Canada; it’s practicing. But this will be different. We’ll be traveling with 12 (players), 10 will play, and we are having teams come with us.”

Calipari said he’s eager to test the Cats against those teams.

“I’m fine with that, because those guys are older, and they’ll be hard games for us to win,” he said. “We’re doing it as much for the games, which is just kind of unusual.”

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2 comments

  1. Larry T Clemons

    Karl Towns will play the first half for The Dominican Team and the second half the Wildcats…? lol Karl’s College Team vs His Country’s Team, (that He is a member of) should be a fun game !

  2. Edward

    UK FB host UT-Martin (SEC Network):
    in 1 month, 29 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes

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