Utilizing an NCAA rule that allows schools to take a foreign trip every four years, the FGCU men's basketball program is embarking on a foreign tour to the Bahamas on Friday. Prior to the Eagles' three game stint, we take a look at all the details of the trip and the latest news around the program.
Florida Gulf Coast will be playing three games in three days in Nassau to kick off the expedition. According to a release, the games will be live streamed on the program's Facebook page. The Eagles will kick off play against the Providence Storm at 4 pm ET on Saturday (August 6) before battling the Atlantis All Stars and CTG Knights on Sunday and Monday, respectively, at 4 pm as well.
Antravious Simmons: According to the Naples Daily News, Simmons will miss 4-6 weeks due to back issues and will not be making the trip to the Bahamas.
Zach Johnson: The dynamic point guard will be traveling with the Eagles but will most likely not play because of a foot injury that has kept him off the practice court, per the same report.
Christian Terrell: One of FGCU's best outside shooters, Terrell (foot injury) has been limited in practices leading up to the trip and Dooley told the NDN "I would not anticipate him playing, although we want him to."
Although there isn't much out there about this trio of professional teams based in the Caribbean, we dug up previous results against fellow NCAA schools in order to give fans some sense of what the Eagles are facing on this trip.
Providence Storm: Finishing 1-4 against opponents from the college basketball ranks in 2015, the Storm knocked off Southern Utah, 79-73, thanks to five double digit scoring efforts. Most notably, Providence knocked off North Carolina, 84-83, back in the summer of 2014.
Atlantis All Stars: In five games against D-I schools last summer, they lost by an average margin of 29.2 points. Atlantis came up just short against the Saint Louis Billikens, falling 81-73 on August 8.
CTG Knights: The Knights dropped games against Georgia Tech, West Virginia, and Ball State last summer but edged out Youngstown State, 93-90, behind a 30 point performance from former Savannah State forward Mark St. Fort.