Michigan, Kentucky, Miami and Memphis are among the teams getting in overseas competition this summer.
It's a few months from the tip of the college basketball season, but several teams are taking advantage of the NCAA rule that allows for overseas trips and formal exhibition games. Some have scheduled competitive outings and others haven't, but all will use the rule as a valuable opportunity to develop and learn in preparation for the 2014-15 season.
In Italy, the Michigan Wolverines have positive signs they'll be capable of replacing Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, while the Kentucky Wildcats closed their trip to the Bahamas with a loss. That, and more results from several other college basketball teams' trips overseas.
Michigan wins opener on Italian tour
So it's one game into a summer exhibition tour, but things are looking swell for the Wolverines after losing three underclassmen to the NBA. Sophomore Zak Irvin scored 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting as Michigan dropped the Perugia Select All-Stars, 99-60, in Rome on Sunday. The 6'6 guard added 11 rebounds and four assists to his totals, but that wasn't the only good news for John Beilein's squad. Swingman Caris LeVert played well despite undergoing ankle surgery in May and sitting out for more than three months. He will take on a bigger responsibility with Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III gone, and he scored 11, dolled out six dimes and added five steals.
What's next: Tuesday vs. Vicenza All-Stars, Vicenza, Italy (2:30 p.m. ET); Wednesday vs. Petrarca Padova Oderzo All-Stars, Vicenza, Italy (2:30 p.m. ET); Friday vs. Mantova Stings, Poggio Rusco, Italy (1 p.m. ET)
Kentucky closes Bahamas trip with loss
The Kentucky Wildcats dropped their last of six games in the Bahamas, falling in the final seconds at the hands of the Dominican Republic national team and Jack Martinez's fadeaway jumper. The 63-62 defeat might have been due to fatigue despite coach John Calipari again using hockey-like rotations. Freshman guard Tyler Ulis led UK with 12 points and five dimes, while freshman big man Karl Towns added 10 points. Sophomore forward Derek Willis looked more comfortable, as did sophomore center Dakari Johnson -- that's good news for them if they hope to compete for playing time with Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles, who weren't even available for the Wildcats during the Bahamas trip.
Memphis rebounds in second game
The Memphis Tigers have dealt with poor streaks and stellar runs in their two exhibition games in Canada. Josh Pastner's team fell behind 71-39 on Saturday against Carleton University before rallying in the fourth quarter to lose 86-76. On Sunday, Memphis dropped the University of Ottawa, 104-89, thanks to a 25-point outing from sophomore swingman Nick King. Kuran Iverson added 18 points and five assists in 22 minutes, while Shaq Goodwin hit all seven of his shot attempts to score 16.
What's next: Monday vs. McGill University, (7 p.m. ET); Tuesday vs. Carleton University (7 p.m. ET)
'Canes off to strong start in Spain
After opening a trip to Spain with a 79-68 win against Eurocolegio Casvi on Friday, the Miami Hurricanes defeated Albacete Baloncesto, 77-66, on Sunday behind 24 points from junior guard Sheldon McClellan. McClellan was also the co-leading scorer with 17 points in the opening game. Big man Ivan Cruz Uceda, a junior college transfer from Madrid, has played well in his return to his home country. He pulled down 17 rebounds in the first game and 13 in the second.
What's next: Wednesday vs. CB Quart; Thursday vs. AEC Collblanc Torrassa
UNC gets run in Bahamas
Coach Roy Williams used a two-game run through the Bahamas to get his younger players some burn. Sophomore forward Isaiah Hicks took advantage and led the North Carolina Tar Heels in scoring for both games. UNC fell, 84-83, to the Providence Storm on Friday as point guard Marcus Paige struggled by going 3-for-15 from the floor. Hicks led UNC with 13 and J.P. Tokoto added nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists. North Carolina turned it around Saturday, beating the Bahamas All-Stars 109-52 behind Hicks' 19 points.
Indiana goes 4-1 in Canada
Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers closed a trip to Canada last Tuesday with a 4-1 record thanks to a 109-77 win against the University of Quebec at Montreal. Forward Troy Williams poured in 21 points and incoming freshman James Blackmon Jr. added 20. Blackmon Jr. was quite consistent, a good sign ESPN's 20th-ranked prospect in the 2014 class is ready to contribute immediately. During their trip, the Hoosiers defeated McGill, Carleton and Laval but recorded a loss to Ottawa.
Providence rolls in Italian trip opener
The Friars put up a 135-50 win over Nelson Basket in Milan on Thursday thanks to 32 points from Junior Lomomba and 20-plus-point outings from Rodney Bullock, Tyler Harris and LaDontae Henton. The loss of point guard Bryce Cotton will sting but seemingly less so with some fresh talent doing good things for coach Ed Cooley.
What's next: Monday vs. Perugia