An Italian Tour

Arkansas' basketball will visit five cities in Italy while on its 10-day tour of Italy Aug. 10-19 and will have 10 practices before it leaves the states to play at least three games.

While Arkansas' basketball team is not sure which days it will play its three or more games while in Italy, it does now know the cities it will be visiting in August.

The Razorbacks will land in Milan and also visit Florence, Rome, Pisa and Vatican City on the 10-day trip which is set to last from August 10-19.

Coach Mike Anderson will have his entire roster on the trip, including the incoming freshmen, and they will play exhibition games against Italian professional teams.

"This is a great opportunity for our basketball team and I appreciate the support of (athletic director) Jeff Long and the administration," Anderson said in a press release. "Not only does this trip allow us 10 days of practice prior to leaving, but we'll have the opportunity to play several games and share a great cultural experience with our basketball team.

"With nine new players on the roster, our team will have the opportunity to bond and really get to know each other on and off the court," Anderson added. "I've taken teams on preseason trips in the past and they were a tremendous benefit to us."

Long said he was happy that the Razorbacks would be making the trek.

"The pre-season tour provides an excellent opportunity for the continued development of our men's basketball team under the leadership of Coach Anderson," Long said. "In addition to the tremendous value of additional practice time, basketball competition and team-building opportunities, our student-athletes will benefit from the educational and cultural experiences afforded by this type of organized pre-season trip."

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