For the third time, including the second time in four years, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will play preseason exhibition games in the Bahamas. The 2022 tour begins on Wednesday in Nassau.
Kentucky will host four games during the trip, with all four competitions being played at the Baha Mar Resort. UK opens its week with a game against the Dominican Republic National Select Team on Wednesday at 19:00. The Cats follow on Thursday with a game against Tec de Monterrey, also at 7:00 p.m
After a day off on Friday, Kentucky meets Carleton (Canada) University on Saturday at 18:00. The tour concludes on Sunday when Great Britain take on the Bahamas national team at 12pm.
All four games can be seen on the SEC Network and heard on the UK Sports Network.
The returning core of the Wildcats is led by reigning international of the year Oscar Tshiebwe, who led the country 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 chaired the conference and ranked third in the country with 6.9 assists per game. Forwards Daimion Collins, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware were all instrumental in helping the Wildcats to a 26-8 season and a national No. 2 in the NCAA tournament a year ago.
Overall, UK is returning 44.3% of its scoring production, 58.4% of its rebounds, 50% of its steals, 51.2% of its assists and 72.3% of its blocks from a season ago.
Kentucky will also welcome four dynamic newcomers, including top 10 signers Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace. Both players were Gatorade State Players of the Year and McDonald’s All Americans. Fast-rising Adou Thiero found his feet with the Cats during the late signing phase. Great Britain also added one of their top signings in Antonio Reeves, who was among the country’s top 20 individual goalscorers averaging 20.1 points per game a season ago at Illinois State.
This is the third time the Wildcats have been promoted to the Bahamas to serve as the regular season opener, and both previous times the Cats have come away with positive results. Britain made their first trip to the island ahead of the 2014/15 season, sparking a magical run that ended with an undefeated regular season, SEC regular-season titles and tournament titles, and a trip to the Final Four. Kentucky went 4-0 in the Bahamas in 2018 before going 30-7 to the Elite Eight in 2019.