After a three-day training session on the campus of University of Illinois, the Big Ten Foreign Tour team will depart on Tuesday, August 9, and arrive in Barcelona, Spain, the next afternoon. After two days of rest and sightseeing, the squad will open competition against the Huesca Basketball Club on Saturday, August 13. After a day off, the Big Ten contingent resumes competition against the VIC Barcelona Basketball Club on Monday, August 15. The Tour squad will then travel to Valencia, Spain where they will take on the Alcora Basketball Club on Tuesday, August 16 and the Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club on Wednesday, August 17. The team wraps up the Tour facing the C.B. Valls Basketball Club on Thursday, August 18 in Barcelona, Spain. The Big Ten Foreign Tour team will return to the United States on Friday, August 19.
The future of the Big Ten will be on display overseas as seven of the 12 players have completed two or fewer seasons of college basketball. The group includes student-athletes from all 11 league schools, including Illinois' Calvin Brock and Brian Randle, Iowa's Mike Henderson, Indiana's Marco Killingsworth, Michigan's Ron Coleman, Michigan State's Goran Suton, Minnesota's Spencer Tollackson, Northwestern's Evan Seacat, Ohio State's Matt Terwilliger, Penn State's Brandon Hassell, Purdue's Matt Kiefer and Wisconsin's Jason Chappell.
The league's last Foreign Tour team in 2004 produced a record of 3-2 to boast a winning record for the third straight trip (6-0 in 2001, 4-1 in 2002) for the first time since the team's inception in 1991. The Big Ten had produced back-to-back trips above .500 on two occasions, from 1991-92 and 1995-96. The conference office has sent teams overseas in 12 of the last 14 years, compiling an overall record of 49-31.