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.”