Live Stats vs. Providence Storm (Friday Aug. 15, 5 p.m.)
Live Stats vs. Bahamas All-Stars (Saturday Aug. 16, 5 p.m.)
CHAPEL HILL -- Members of the University of North Carolina men's basketball team will return to campus a little earlier in August than usual this year. The squad plans to start practice on Monday evening to begin final preparations for its two exhibition games in the Bahamas next Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Tar Heel players attended summer school before returning to their homes for a few weeks in late July. The fall semester doesn't begin until later this month, but the team will get a head start on the 2014-15 season and some time in the sun as a group next weekend.
The team plans to practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 11-14) before departing for the Bahamas late on Thursday.
Carolina will play a pair of games next weekend, facing the Providence Storm on Friday Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. and the Bahamas All-Stars on Saturday Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. The games will be played at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
There will be no radio or television broadcasts or online streams of the UNC games. Fans can follow the contests via live stats at the links above.
NCAA rules allow teams to take foreign trips in the preseason once per four years. Squads can practice on up to 10 calendar days prior the trips (though those practices don't have to be held immediately prior to departure).
Carolina has made similar summer trips to the Bahamas twice previously under head coach Roy Williams (prior to the 2005-06 and 2010-11 campaigns).
Carolina returns three starters and several key players in 2014-15 from last season, including All-America guard Marcus Paige, backcourt mate Nate Britt and forwards J.P. Tokoto, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson.
The Tar Heels will return the Bahamas again in three months, that time for the regular season Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Nov. 26-28. The field for that event also includes Georgetown, Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin, Butler, UAB and Oklahoma.