Men’s basketball to travel overseas for exhibition games

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While the annual Red/Blue Game is still three months away, Wildcat basketball fans don’t have to wait that long to catch a glimpse of this year’s team.

On August 11, Sean Miller and the UA men’s basketball squad will take their talents abroad to play three exhibition games in Spain, making stops in Barcelona and Valencia.

Arizona is expected to have its full roster on the court, including new recruits DeAndre Ayton and Emmanuel Akot.


Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton will enter the program as the highest-rated signee in Arizona men's basketball history.


The Wildcats’ first game will be August 13 against Combinado Valenciano at 7 p.m. (10 a.m. Arizona time) at Pabellon Municipal Fuente de San Luis in Valencia.

The second game of the trip is set for August 16 against the Mataro All-Stars at 7:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. Arizona time) inside the Pavello Municipal Teresa Maria Rocain in Barcelona.

Finally, the last game of the exhibition tour will also be held in Barcelona on August 18 against Mataro Parc Boet at 7:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m Arizona time).

Fans will be able to watch all three games as they will be streamed live on FloHoops.com. Note that FloSports requires a subscription to their network, and a monthly membership costs $29.99. While that price may seem steep, remember that it buys you access to three basketball games featuring one of the best teams in college basketball and is cheaper than flying to Spain to see the games in person, along with access to much more on FloSports.com

The tour should make for a good bonding experience for Sean Miller’s squad. According to the UA Athletics website, the team will be making several sightseeing stops, visiting sites such as Camp Nou Stadium, some of the 1992 Olympic Games venues, and a few of the many historical and architectural wonders of Spain.

This will also be the second time in the Sean Miller era that the Wildcats take a trip overseas. The first experience came in the Bahamas in 2012. Arizona went 2-0 on that trip and outscored their opponents 235-133. Expect similar results this time around.


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