Panthers will venture to Bahamas for exhibition set

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Pitt announced Monday that its men’s basketball team will play four exhibition games against foreign competition Aug. 1-7 in the Bahamas.

The Panthers will play the Commonwealth Giants, Bahamas All-Stars, Street Legends All-Stars and Atlantis All-Stars at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in the Central New Providence neighborhood in Nassau.

Pitt’s opponents are comprised mostly of former college players, national team players from various countries and international pros.

Pitt is one of several Division I teams that will compete, including Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio State 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 an announcement released by the school. “It is also a chance for the players, coaches, support staff, administration and families to experience the Bahamas.”

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed to do only one foreign tour every four years and this will be the third foreign tour for Pitt since Dixon became head coach. Pitt traveled to Toronto in 2004 and to Ireland in 2010.

In order to prepare for a foreign trip, teams are allowed up to 10 summer practices.

Paul Zeise:, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise First Published July 21, 2014 12:00 AM

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