For the third time, including the second in four years, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will play preseason preseason games in the Bahamas. The 2022 tour begins Wednesday in Nassau.
Kentucky will play four games during the trip, with all four contests taking place at the Baha Mar Resort. The UK open their week by playing the Dominican Republic national team on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Cats follow up with a game against Tec de Monterrey on Thursday, also at 7 p.m.
After a day off Friday, Kentucky will face Carleton University (Canada) on Saturday at 6 p.m. The tour will end on Sunday when the United Kingdom take on the Bahamas national team at noon.
All four games can be seen on the SEC Network and can be heard on the UK Sports Network.
The returning Wildcats core is led by reigning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe, who led the nation with 15.1 rebounds per game and also led the Cats with 17.4 points per game. Kentucky will also welcome back Sahvir Wheeler, who led the conference and ranked third in the nation with 6.9 assists per game. Forwards Daimion Collins, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware all helped help the Wildcats win a 26-8 season a year ago and finish second nationally in the NCAA Tournament.
In total, UK return 44.3% of their goal production, 58.4% of their rebounds, 50% of their steals, 51.2% of their assists and 72.3% of their blocks. there is a season.
Kentucky will also welcome four dynamic newcomers, including top 10 signees Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace. Both players were Gatorade State Players of the Year and McDonald’s All Americans. Booming prospect Adou Thiero signed with the Cats during the late signing period. The UK also added one of the best transfers in Antonio Reeves, who ranked among the top 20 individual scorers in the country a season ago at Illinois State averaging 20.1 points per game.
This is the third time the Wildcats have gone to the Bahamas to serve as a regular-season tune-up, and the previous two times the Cats have come away with positive results. The UK first visited the island ahead of the 2014-15 season, which sparked a magical run that ended with an unbeaten regular season, regular season and SEC tournament titles, and a trip to the Final Four. Kentucky went 4-0 in the Bahamas in 2018, before going 30-7 and reaching the Elite Eight in 2019.