Bahamas Prep Starts Monday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina’s basketball team will reconvene at the Smith Center on Monday to prepare for its pair of exhibition games in the Bahamas on Aug. 15-16.

UNC is scheduled to practice four days in Chapel Hill next week (Aug. 11-14) before departing Thursday afternoon for Nassau, according to a team spokesperson.

"It’s going to be great for us," J.P. Tokoto said. "Just to see different competition, not playing against each other but beating up on somebody else now. We're looking forward to that, just getting out there with the guys, seeing how we gel together."

The NCAA allows its basketball teams to take preseason foreign trips once every four years. The teams are permitted to practice a maximum of 10 times prior to leaving on the trip.

UNC will play both of its games in the 6th Annual BTC “Summer of Thunder” Classic at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. The Tar Heels are scheduled to play the Providence Storm at 5pm on Friday, Aug. 15 and the Bahamas All-Stars at 5pm on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Ole Miss defeated the Providence Storm, 92-81, on Monday in Nassau. Eugene Bain, who was a third-team NAIA All-American at Bellevue University (Nebraska) in 2010-11, led the Storm with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting.

Pittsburgh toppled the Bahamas All-Stars, 113-59, on Sunday. Jamal Rose led the All-Stars with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds.

There currently is no plan for television coverage or an online stream of UNC’s games, according to both a team spokesperson and Bahamas Basketball Federation secretary Sean Bastian.

Live stats are currently slated to be available at the following links:

Aug. 15 vs. Providence Storm
Aug. 16 vs. Bahamas All-Stars

InsideCarolina.com will provide full coverage from both exhibition games, including video highlights.

This year marks the third time since 2005 that UNC has traveled to the Bahamas for preseason exhibitions. The Tar Heels played in Nassau prior to Tyler Hansbrough’s freshman season in September 2005 and then again prior to Harrison Barnes’ rookie season in August 2010.

Freshmen are allowed to participate in these preseason foreign trips as long as they meet NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements and summer coursework requirements.

The Tar Heels will take a second trip to the Bahamas later in the fall to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 26-28) at Paradise Island. UNC will open the tournament against Butler at noon on Nov. 26.

 

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