TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State Sycamores have wrapped up their 10 practice sessions and are set to travel to the Bahamas on Saturday (August 11) for a trio of exhibition contests.
The NCAA allows basketball teams to take one foreign exhibition tour every four years. Missouri State is currently in Costa Rica, and is the only other Missouri Valley Conference team to participate in one this season.
The Sycamores will be taking their first foreign tour since the early 2000's when they traveled to Canada for three games.
ISU will be playing the Real Deal Shockers on Sunday, August 12; the Cybots on Monday, August 13 and the Bahamas All-Stars on Tuesday, August 14. The games on Sunday and Monday begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET), while Tuesday's game is set to tip-off at 9:00 p.m.
All three games on the tour will be streamed live (audio only) on GoSycamores.com. No subscription is required to access the events. Additionally, a recap, statistics and video from each game will be posted nightly. On social media, updates will be posted on the Indiana State Sycamores Facebook page (Facebook.com/Sycamores) as well as on Twitter @IndianaStateMBB.
"We raised funds to be able to do this, it takes a lot of money and we are thankful to our supporters for helping this trip become a reality," head coach Greg Lansing stated. "The NCAA allows us to take these trips every four years and with all of the seniors that graduated last year, we felt like this was the right time to participate in a foreign tour."
The games will be played at the Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas. The team will be staying at the Atlantis Resort during their tour.
"I have been able to take foreign trips with teams before and this is going to be fun," Lansing said. "This is what college basketball is all about, when you get to take trips that are exciting. This trip to the Bahamas is just icing on the cake. I am going to try and let the guys have some fun on this trip."
The team has made great strides during the 10 practices that occurred in the ISU Arena in late July and early August. There will be eight new faces on the roster for 2012-13, and the added practice time will end up benefiting this team during the regular season.
Following the trip, the Sycamores will work out individually until team practice opens in mid-October. The team will host Lewis in an exhibition contest on November 1 and begin the regular season at UCLA on November 9.