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Pitt hoops team will play in Bahamas

| Monday, July 21, 2014, 2:15 p.m.

The Pitt men's basketball team will begin preparations for the upcoming season with a four-game, seven-day tour in the Bahamas next month, coach Jamie Dixon announced Monday.

The Panthers are among several Division I teams who will travel to the Bahamas for a collection of games against international competition, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Mississippi and Cincinnati.

“From a basketball perspective, this is an outstanding opportunity for our team to get an early start on the season,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement. “It is also a chance for the players, coaches, support staff, administration and families to experience the Bahamas.”

Pitt's schedule: Commonwealth Giants at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, Bahamas All-Stars at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, Street Legends All-Stars at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and the Atlantis All-Stars at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. All four games will be played at The Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre located in the Central New Providence neighborhood in Nassau.

The NCAA allows member institutions to schedule one foreign tour every four years and permits 10 practice days prior to the date of departure. Pitt began team practices for its foreign tour in early July.

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